Insulin plant costus igneus is a relatively new entrant to India the plant is characterized by large flesy looking leaves. Fiery costus or spiral flag, is a species if herbaceous plant in the costaceae family. It is calrmed to help build up insulin in the human body and is sometime referred to as the insulin plant. This plant grows in Americas and is becoming popular in india because of its medicinal properfiex. It is now accepted and used widely as an ayurvedic medicinal herbs in management of diabetic.
The leaves if a Mexican plant with erect spiraling stems and light, airy and tissue-paper- like flowers are turning the daily munching diet for thousands of diabetes mellitus patients in the state. Nurseries across the state are now promoting this exotic species as the “insulin plant”,
A wonder drug that would dynamically bring down blood sugar levels.
In Ayurvedic treatment diabetes patients are advised to chew down the insulin plants leaves for a month. The patients have to take two leaves per day in the morning and evening for first one week. The leaves must be chewed well before swallowing. After one week the patient should take one leaf each in the morning. This dosage should be continued for a minimum of period 3 to 6 months depending upon the sugar levels.
According to international journal of ayurveda research a new study on insulin plant costus igneus was pulished recently. The leaves if insulin plant costus igneus reduced the fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels, in dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia in rats.
Bhattacharya etal. (1972) confirmed that Costus sp. alkaloids have been shown to possess anticholinesterase activity in both invitro and invivo methods, explaining the earlier observed potentiation of acetylcholine responses on frog rectus muscle and dog
N. Verma, R.L.Khosa (2009) evaluated the hepatoprotective activity of the ethanolic extract of the rhizomes of Costus sp. was studied on carbon tetrachloride treated rats.
K.Binny etal. (2010) reported that rhizome of Costus sp. has been traditionally used for treating inflammatory and painful conditions. The ethanolic extract of the rhizome of Costus sp.