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Insulin Plant(Costus Igneus)


Binomial Name – Chamaecostus cuspidatus

  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • Family     – Costaceae
  • Genus     – Chamaecostus
  • Species   – C. cuspidatus
Name – Insulin Plant/Costus Igneus/Fiery Costus
Binomial Name – Chamaecostus cuspidatus (Nees & Mart.) C.Specht & D.W.Stev.

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Insulin Plant/Costus Igneus, also known as Chamaecostus cuspidatus, Fiery Costus or spiral flag is known for its medicinal properties.

It is cultivate in Kashmir and the Himalayan regions for its root.

It is related to the gingers and was originally part of the family Zingiberaceae.

Leaf of this herbal plant helps to build up insulin by strengthening beta cells of pancreas in the human body thus popularly known as “Insulin plant” .

The leaves of this herbal medicinal plant are use to control blood sugar levels .

Chamaecostus cuspidatus has large fleshy looking leaves. The undersides of these large, smooth, dark green leaves have light purple shade.

The leaf of the plant helps in producing insulin. They control the blood sugar levels of our body.

The leaves of Insulin Plant contain corosolic acid which helps to generate insulin thereby treating diabetes.

The dried leaves are use in Ayurvedic medicine.

The leaves are rich in protein, iron and a number of antioxidant components such as B-carotene and a-tocopherol. These properties, in combination with its “natural insulin” content (phyto-compounds that simulate the metabolic action of insulin when ingested), aids in C.

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