an indian plant, Cissus quadrangularis , is used in traditional medicine to treat bone fractures. Recently, a team of researchers at the National Chemical Laboratory (ncl), Pune, tried to explain how the plant, which can be used both internally and externally, works.
Commonly called hadjod , the plant belongs to the grape family. Earlier trials have shown it reduces healing time for fractures by 55-33 per cent. To understand how it works, the ncl team, led by Murali Sastry, boiled the plant stem in water for five minutes to prepare an extract. On studying its composition, the scientists found the extract was rich in two elements