The Costus, with its botanical name ‘Saussurea costus’, is a herbaceous plant of the family Asteraceae native to Asia (Himalaya, Kashmir, India, Pakistan).
It is the root that is used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and it is one of the 50 fundamental plants of Chinese medicine.
The Indian costus resembles a big wooden but has an odor close to ginger, it is in powder form is also called Qist Al-Hindī.
It is used for blood purification and detoxification of the blood.
COSTUS ROOT IN THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE
It shows that:
- Decreases Blood Sugar
- Fights cancer
- Fights bacterial, viral and fungal infections
- Lowers inflammation
- Has antioxidant activity
- Protects the liver
- Contains adaptogens to help the body deal with stress
Other studies have shown that Costus root:
- Reduces pain and fever and has anti-inflammatory effects.
- Improves symptoms of ulcerative colitis and IBS
- Also has activity against worm (nematode) infections. Some research shows that costus root reduces the number of worm eggs in the feces about as effectively as treatment with a standard medication.
- Costus has also been used for asthma and cough.
Note: This information should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions.