People use costus for many conditions, but there is no scientific evidence to support these uses. Using costus can also be unsafe unless lab tests prove that it is free of a toxic contaminant called aristolochic acid.
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.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Infection of the intestines by parasites. Early research shows that costus root might work as well as a medication called pyrantel pamoate for reducing the number of worm eggs in the feces of children. Egg reduction is a measure of how well the treatment works.
- Digestive problems.
- Menstrual problems.
- Painful joints.
- Kidney problems.
- Liver problems.
- Skin rashes, when applied to the skin.
- Headache, when applied to the skin.
- Skin diseases, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if costus is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if costus is safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if costus is safe to use when 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.
We currently have no information for COSTUS overview.
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