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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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In Tanzania, the juice from the stem of Costus spectabilis is used to treat worm infection alone or in combination with the juice of Dissotus rotundifolia or the stalk of Aframomum species.
A report on the antioxidant activity of leaves and rhizomes of Costus pictus D.
Table 2: Traditional methods of preparation and frequency of administration of Coccinia grandis, Costus specious, Desmodium gangeticum, Mimosa pudica and Psidium guava.
Since the habitats of the two tribes are in the same State, and since they have possibly inhabited this region for millennia, there is a possibility that the similar use of Costus speciosus for treatment of diabetes can be a result of interaction between the two tribes.
Rapid speciation and the evolution of hummingbird pollination in neotropical Costus subgenus Costus (Costaceae): Evidence from nrDNA ITS and ETS sequences.
Some of the toughest are stepladder ginger (Costus barbatus), flowering banana (Musa ornata), and Heliconia latispatha 'Orange Gyro'.
Costus. Products such as extracts, concretes, and essential oils are obtained from Saussurea lappa (also known as Saussurea costus).
Costus means oriental plant and Costmary was introduced from the Orient.