Aasthi shrinkla

Aasthi shrinkla

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Aasthi shrinkla

Cissus quadarangularis is the scientific name of Aasthi shrinkla. The plant has been used since ancient times in different cultures due to its widespread presence. Its traditional uses are catered mostly around treatment of bones and feminine disorders. In terms of feminine disorders, Aasthi shrinkla is effective in problems pertaining to libido, menopause and menstrual disorders. On the other hand, it increases the bone mass and/or accelerates fracture healing rates. That is why, traditionally the herb is called ‘bone setter’. In fact, the quadrangular stem of the plant resembles the joints and bones in the body! It is also known as ‘edible stemmed vine in English and Dharavalli, Vajravalli, Chaturdhara, and Vajralatha in Sanskrit.


This great herb possesses some excellent properties including:

  • The herb possesses excellent pain relieving properties

  • Aasthi shrinkla has anti-bacterial properties

  • The herb also has anti-haemorrhoid properties

  • The herb possess anti-ulcer properties as well

Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties:

  • Laghu (light to digest)

  • Rooksha (dry)

  • Madhura (sweet)

  • Katu (undergoes a pungent taste conversion following digestion)

  • Ushna (hot potency)

  • Balances Vata & Kapha dosha

Uses of Aasthi shrinkla as per Ayurveda:

  • The herb helps to strengthens bones

  • Induces mobility, leads to diarrhoea / purgation and relieves constipation

  • Relieves worm infestation and hence useful in infected wounds

  • Relieves ama, which is a product of indigestion & altered metabolism

  • Aphrodisiac / enhances vigour and vitality

  • It gives better digestive system / relieves Ama Dosha

  • Increases Pitta Dosha

Aasthi shrinkla or Cissus quadrangularis is also used in treating gout, Veneral diseases, syphilis, leucorrhea, worm infestation, diabetes, anorexia, peptic ulcer, high cholesterol and haemorrhoids. The herb is also used in treating and controlling obesity and related disorders.