Costus speciosus Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
cane-reed crepe-ginger wild ginger
Costus speciosus

Medical use

Economic importance of Costus speciosus

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • China: China - Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea

Biological activities

12-Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
5-Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
5-HETE-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
5-Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
8-HETE-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Absorbent
Starch found in Rhizome (333333 ppm)
Androgenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Angiogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Anorexic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
AntiEBV
Curcumin found in Rhizome
AntiHIV
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiadenomacarcinogenic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiadenomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antiaflatoxin
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiaggregant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antialzheimeran
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiamyloid-Beta
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiandrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antiangiogenic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiarachidonate
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiarthritic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiasthmatic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiatherosclerotic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antibacterial
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antibronchitic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Anticancer
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Anticarcinogenic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Anticataract
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Anticholecystosic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Anticolitic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Anticollagenic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antieczemic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiedemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antieicosanoid
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiestrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antifatigue
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Antifeedant
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antifertility
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antigonadotrophic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antihepatotic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antihyperlipoproteinaemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antiinflammatory
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Antiintegrase
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiischemic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antileishmanic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antileukemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antileukotriene
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Antilipoperoxidant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antilithic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antilymphomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antimelanomic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antimetastatic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antimitotic
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antinesidioblastosic
Starch found in Rhizome (333333 ppm)
Antinitrosaminic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiophidic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antioxidant
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antipapillomic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiperoxidant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiprogestational
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antiproliferant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiprostaglandin
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Antiprostatadenomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antiprostatitic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antipsoriatic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antipyretic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Antispasmodic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antistress
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Antithrombotic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antithromboxane
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Antitumor-Promoter
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antitumor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Tigogenin found in Rhizome
Antiulcer
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Antiviral
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Apoptotic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Artemicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
COX-2-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Cancer-Preventive
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Mucilage found in Rhizome
Candidicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Cardiodepressant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Caspase-8-Inducer
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Chelator
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Chemopreventive
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Cholagogue
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
Choleretic
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Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
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Cytochrome-P450-Inhibitor
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Cytotoxic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Curcuminoids found in Rhizome (30000 ppm)
DNA-Protective
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Demulcent
Mucilage found in Rhizome
Deodorant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Detoxicant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Dye
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Emollient
Starch found in Rhizome (333333 ppm)
Estrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Expectorant
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Febrifuge
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Fibrinolytic
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Fungicide
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Glutathionigenic
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Gonadotrophic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Hemolytic
Gracillin found in Rhizome
Hepatoprotective
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Hypocholesterolemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Mucilage found in Rhizome
Hypoglycemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Hypolipidemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Hypotensive
Curcumin found in Rhizome
IKB-kinase-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
IKK-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
IkappaB-alpha-Phosphorylation-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Immunostimulant
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Lipase-Inducer
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Litholytic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
MDR-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
MMP-9-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Maltase-Promoter
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Mastogenic
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Metal-Chelator
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Mucogenic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
NF-kB-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
NO-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
NO-Scavenger
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Nematicide
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Neuroprotective
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
P450-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
PGE2-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
PTK-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Pesticide
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Phototoxic
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Plasmodicide
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Poultice
Starch found in Rhizome (333333 ppm)
Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Protease-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Protein-Kinase-C-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Protein-Kinase-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Pulmonoprotective
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Quinone-Reductase-Inducer
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Radioprotective
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Sortase-A-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Spermicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Sucrase-Promoter
Curcumin found in Rhizome
TNF-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Topoisomerase-I-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Topoisomerase-II-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome
Ubiquiot
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Ulcerogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Rhizome
Curcumin found in Rhizome
VEGF-Inhibitor
Curcumin found in Rhizome

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
14-oxo-heptacosanoic-acid Plant
14-oxo-trichosanoic-acid Plant
15-oxo-octacosanoic-acid Plant
5-alpha-stigmast-9(11)-en-3-beta-ol Plant
Beta-sitosterol Rhizome
Beta-sitosterol-glucoside Rhizome
Corticoside-i Plant
Corticoside-j Plant
Curcumin Rhizome
Curcuminoids Rhizome 30,000
Diosgenin Rhizome
Disocin Rhizome
Gracillin Rhizome
Mucilage Rhizome
Starch Rhizome 333,333
Steroid saponins Rhizome 10,000 40,000
Tetradecyl-11-methyltridecanoate Plant
Tetradecyl-13-methylpentadecanoate Plant
Tigogenin Rhizome
Triacontanoic-acid Plant
Triacontanol Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]