Friday, August 10, 2018

Cissus what?

I looked at the web page skeptically.  The joint supplement on it had great reviews, but would it work for me?  What was cissus quadrangularis, its main ingredient, anyway?

I turned to Dr. Google.  Apparently I was late to the party on this plant.  It's a vine that grows in parts of Africa and Asia, and has been used for years in traditional medicine for speeding up healing of fractures, reducing inflammation, and pain relief.  Some studies suggest it also helps with menopause symptoms and with weight loss.  I clicked and bought it.

I've been pretty lucky; with my career and all the hiking and running I do, I've had relatively few joint problems.  Still, I've had two knee surgeries, and I get aches and pains here and there.  I've tried glucosamine and MSM in the past, and I *think* they worked, but I could never be really sure.

One day this winter I limped home from a short hike in the snow.  An odd knee pain had surfaced.  It was intermittent, never showing up when I ran or used the elliptical, only during hiking, and not every time.  Some people would go to the doctor, but I like the wait and see method.  I took some of the supplement, not expecting anything. 

In about 3 days I could tell the difference.  I went hiking and backpacking.  My knee didn't hurt.  In fact, my whole body felt a lot better.  When I stopped taking it for awhile, I felt the twinges return.  

Now I have some other firefighters taking it, and they report the same experiences.  I give out samples from my stash, because I believe it works.

The supplement I use is called Joint Mobility, from 1st Phorm.  I'm a rep for this company, but this isn't a sponsored post.  If you buy from this link here I may get a small commission from your purchase and you will get free shipping.  

If you start using cissus quadrangularis, let me know what you think!
this is what the plant looks like.


  1. Well...I may have to try that stuff...I usually just try try to ignore the twinges in my knee!!!

  2. We'll give it a try, based on your experience.

  3. Hey, I just passed through your neck of the woods (get it?) a few weeks ago. I love Montana! Thank you for what you do, it's so dangerous. I was a structural firefighter for several years, but I think it takes a very special type of person to do wildland firefighting.


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