Botanical Name Costus speciosus
Family Costaceae
Origin Southeast Asia
Description Costus speciosus is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows up to 2 meters tall. It has large, green leaves that are arranged in a spiral pattern around the stem. The flowers are bright orange-yellow and are arranged in a cone-shaped inflorescence.
Parts Used Rhizomes
Dose The recommended dosage of Costus speciosus depends on the condition being treated and the form of the plant used. It is best to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any herbal supplements.


Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Costus speciosus is used in several Ayurvedic formulations, including Triphala Churna, Chyavanprash, and Dashamoola.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) Not available
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (quality): Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry), Tikshna (sharp)
Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Vipak (metabolism): Katu (pungent)
Virya (potency): Ushna (hot)
Prabhav (impact): Not available
Other Names Sanskrit:Kustha,Karchura and Bhringaraja
Hindi : Keukand
Bengali: Kustha
Kannada: Kumbala
Malayalam: Kottam
Marathi: Kud
Oriya: Kunch
Telegu: Kasa



Distribution Costus speciosus is native to Southeast Asia, including India, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Pharmacognosy Costus speciosus has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Its rhizomes contain alkaloids, flavonoids, and essential oils.
Cultivation Costus speciosus can be grown in tropical and subtropical regions. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade.
Physical Constituents Not available
Chemical Constituents Costus speciosus contains alkaloids, flavonoids, and essential oils.



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