costus

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costus

Chinese medicine
A perennial herb, the root of which contains an alkaloid (saussurine) and essential oils. Costus is analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and carminative, and is used for abdominal discomfort, angina pectoris, crushing chest pain, asthma, body odour, diarrhoea and nausea; it is believed to calm the foetus during pregnancy.
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Saussurea lappa Clarke (Compositae), commonly known as Kushta in Sanskrit, is a tall robust perennial herb distributed in Kashmir.
Saussurea lappa (roots), Argyreia speciosa (roots) and Achyranthes aspera (whole plant) were procured from Manilal Lallubhai & Co.
Chhabra BR, Gupta S, Jam M, Kalsi PS (1998) Sesquiterpene lactones from Saussurea lappa.