- What other names is Costus known by?
- What is Costus?
- How does Costus work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Costus.
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.
- Other conditions.
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cancer. Costus products that contain aristolochic acid are UNSAFE. Don't use any costus preparation unless lab tests prove it is free of aristolochic acid. Under law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can confiscate any plant product that it believes contains aristolochic acid. The product won't be released until the maker proves it is aristolochic acid-free.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking costus if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Costus may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking costus.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011