May 30, 2016

Costus

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What other names is Costus known by?

Aplotaxis lappa, Auckland Costus, Aucklandia costus, Aucklandia Lappa, Costus Oil, Costus Root, Huile de Costus, Kushtha, Kuth, Mokko, Mokkou, Mu Xiang, Racine de Costus, Radix Aucklandiae, Saussurea costus, Saussurea lappa, Saussureae Radix, Yun Mu Xiang.

What is Costus?

Costus is an herb. The root and oil from the root are used to make medicine.

Costus root is used for treating worm (nematode) infections.

Costus oil is used for asthma, cough, gas, and severe intestinal diseases such as dysentery and cholera. It is also used as a tonic and to stimulate digestion.

In foods and beverages, costus oil is used as a flavoring component.

In manufacturing, costus oil is used as a fixative and fragrance in cosmetics.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Worm (nematode) infections. Some research shows that, in children, costus root reduces the number of worm eggs in the feces about as effectively as treatment with a standard medication called pyrantel pamoate. Egg reduction is a measure of the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Gas.
  • Asthma.
  • Cough.
  • Dysentery.
  • Cholera.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of costus for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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