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Costus speciosus is an erect, occasionally branched, herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 3 metres tall from a stout, creeping, tuberous rootstock. The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal and food use. It is sometimes cultivated for medicinal purposes in India and is commonly grown as an ornamental in many areas of the tropics.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
The rhizomes contain costusosides Saponins dioscin, gracillin and Beta-sitosteral, Beta-d glucoside
|Kannada||Kundige gida, Arati kundige|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Kapha, Pitta shamaka
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Flowering from September to December|
|Fruiting from September to December|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Agastya Rasayanam, Agastya Haritaki Lehya, Aamavaata Taila, Kalyanaka Grita, Kshaara Tailam, Kumariyasava, Keshasanjivini Taila, Chandrodaya vati, Chavanaprash, Triphaladi Tailam, Dhanvantari Taila, Dashamularishta, Narayana Tailam, Pippalasyava
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
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How to plant/cultivate
Prefers a position in some shade in a moist, fertile soil. The plant has escaped from cultivation and become naturalised in a number of areas, spreading by means of its bird-dispersed seeds.
Commonly seen growing in areas
- Chemical constituents
- "Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2" by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.303, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #45, Paapannana Tota, 1st Main road, Basaveshwara Nagara, Bengaluru.