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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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The efficacy of Costus igneus rhizome on carbohydrate metabolic, hepatoprotective and antioxidative enzymes in streptozotocin (STZ) induced diabetic rats.
isolation and biological evaluation of steroid from stem of Costus igneus.
Table 2: Traditional methods of preparation and frequency of administration of Coccinia grandis, Costus specious, Desmodium gangeticum, Mimosa pudica and Psidium guava.
Paulus Johannes Maria Maas (Wageningen University, Netherlands) for identifying the variety of Costus spiralis (Costaceae); Boldsystems.
Flavonol glycosides from leaves of Costus spiralis.
Photosynthetic activity and growth analysis of the plant Costus spicatus cultivated under different light conditions.
Rapid speciation and the evolution of hummingbird pollination in neotropical Costus subgenus Costus (Costaceae): Evidence from nrDNA ITS and ETS sequences.
inflorescence and flower development in Costus scaber (Costaceae).
From our examination of Costus, it too is invasive since the tapetal cell walls break down completely at the pollen mother cell stage, releasing the contents into the anther locule and there is no evidence of a perispore membrane [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURES 18-25 OMITTED].
Costus lucanusianus is used in the Ivory Coast for the treatment of impending threatened abortion (Foungbe et al.
Phytochemical reports indicate that the genus Costus is rich in steroidal saponins, sapogenins, oxalates, furans, furan derivatives and starches (Oliver, 1986).