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Does anybody know what are the medicinal uses or any other ethnobotanical uses of Costus spicatus?
If you know websites containing any information about Costus spicatus please link to them.
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Here is some basic information about Costus spicatus and a list of ethnobotanical uses which includes medicinal uses and other uses of Costus spicatus.


Costus spicatus basic info
Scientific Name: Costus spicatus (Jacq.) Sw..
Family: Costaceae.
Genus: Costus.
For common names of Costus spicatus in different languages - See link
Description: Costus spicatus, also known as spiked spiralflag ginger or Indian head ginger, is a species of herbaceous plant native to the Caribbean, (including Dominica, Guadeloupe, Hispanola, Martinique, and Puerto Rico). In Dominican folk medicine, herbal tea made from the leaves of C. spicatus is used to treat diabetes (hyperglycemia). However, a 2009 study concluded that this treatment "...had no efficacy in the treatment of obesity-induced hyperglycemia. - for more info about Costus spicatus See link


Ethnobotanical and folk medicinal uses of Costus spicatus
*The information in this list is based on the ethnobotanical data in Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases.
Dr. Duke does not recommend using this information for self diagnosis or self medication. - See link


Costus spicatus in other websites
Costus spicatus common names, economics importance, distributional range and more in the USDA GRIN website - See link.
Search PubMed (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health) for academic researches with the search term Costus spicatus - See link.
See if there is something in Youtube on the term Costus spicatus - See link.


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