Family Name: Costaceae. Synonyms: Costus cylindricus, Costus micranthus. Common Names: Indian Head Ginger, Spiked Spiralflag. Costus spicatus (Spiked Spiralflag Ginger) is a herbaceous, perennial plant up to 7 feet ( m) tall, that grows from rhizomes. It has. CONTEXT: Costus spicatus Swartz (Costaceae), commonly called “cana-do- brejo'” in Brazil’s northeast, is a medicinal plant found in wet coastal forests.

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Costaceae is a prominent medicinal herb used by Dominicans in the Dominican Republic and the United States for the treatment of diabetes, a growing epidemic in the Hispanic community. The leaves are up to 1 feet 30 cm long and up to 4 inches 10 cm wide.

It reaches a maximum height of about 6 to 7 feet. In folk medicine an infusion of the aerial parts is taken to treat inflammation and pain.

Maas says that the name C. Insulina was identified as Costus spicatus. If your plant starts to suffer from brown leaf margins, it most likely is being underwatered or exposed to cold drafts.

Costus spicatus – Wikipedia

The problem is that they can spread. Jose Padua on January 25, at A thick layer of mulch will help to ensure that the rhizome will survive.

In cooler zones, the foliage will die back to the ground in winter, but the rhizomes may survive to allow regeneration. This condition enables this species to colonize both disturbed and undisturbed natural areas Maas, ; Gaspard and Lyndon, ; Graveson, Oviedo Prieto et al. Quintans Junior et al. Not only are they edible but they are delicious. The flowers are pretty, and unusual, but not the showstoppers that many other gingers are, but for spicqtus ease of growing, and lack of water requirements, they give back far more than they take.


History of Introduction and Spread Top of page C. Please, I really need to find this Plant, because it has a very good Medicinal value to take care of renal and colonic Inflamations. Do not fertilize during the Winter. Dried and pulverized leaves were extracted with distilled water.

One or more of the features that are needed to show you the maps functionality are not available in the web browser that you are using. These data suggest that at the dose given, tea made from Costus spicatus leaves had no efficacy in the treatment of obesity-induced hyperglycemia.

Gaspard MA; Lyndon J, Origin South America and the Carribean Binomial nomenclature Costus spicatus Common names Corkscrew ginger, Indian head ginger Description Costus spicatus is a tall ginger with unusual foliage. The genus Costus is the largest in this family with approximately 90 species Acevedo-Rodriguez and Strong, ; Stevens, They are crunchy like fresh lettuce, sweet and tangy, with a pleasant cucumbery flavor. The species is reported by Oviedo Prieto et al.

Structural and phytochemical aspect from vegetative part of Costus spicatus Jacq.

The reaction time during the hot-plate test was increased significantly and was dose-dependent, whereas pretreatment with naloxone rigorously reduced the analgesic potential of MECs, which suggested participation of the opioid system in the modulation of pain induced by MECs. Don’t need the entire report? Since spifatus bloom almost constantly, there will always be a constant supply of flowers for your salads.

Costus spicatus

In Dominican folk medicine, herbal tea made from the leaves of C. Braconidae parasitizing Agaraea minuta Lepidoptera: Soil Tolerances Top of page Soil reaction neutral Soil texture light medium. The data suggest that CSE could exhibit a central mechanism for pain inhibition, cosths may also inhibit spicauts synthesis.


However, a recent study concluded that this treatment had no efficacy in treating obesity-induced hyperglycemia Keller et al. Light Shade to part shade. Spiked spiralflag ginger Indian head ginger Costus spicatus in Singapore Scientific classification Kingdom: Previous Article Hosta sieboldiana Plantain Lily. Habitat Top of page C.

Pharmacological activity of Costus spicatus in experimental Bothrops atrox envenomation.

In vitro assays were also conducted in order to evaluate phospholipase A2 coagulant activities indirect haemolytic method. There are some discrepancies between sources as to the range, possibly due to confusion with other Costus species. Costus spicatus Roscoe Zingiberaceae. The experimental groups consisted of BAV at the minimum dose to induce measurable biological responses and C. Introduction and spread of this species into new habitat is mostly dependent on human activity.

Weight gain and progression of hyperglycemia and insulinopenia between the Experimental and Control groups were statistically indistinguishable. PBS was used as a control. More investigation is needed to more fully explore dosages and the possible utility and biological activity of spixatus common Dominican herbal remedy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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Summary of Invasiveness Top of page C. The ants are provided with a food source nectar in C. Flora Neotropica Monographs, 8: Alpinia spicata, Amomum petiolatum, Costus conicus, Costus cylindricus, Costus micranthus, Costus quartus. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities were studied by measuring nociception through acetic cosfus, formalin, and hot-plate tests, while inflammation was induced by carrageenan. Costus spicatus is a tall ginger with unusual foliage.

When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status.