kuSTa, Kút, Costus, Kut Root,Saussurea lappa Clarke


Sanskrit: Kußhtha



   Hindi: Kút

English: Costus, Kut Root

Latin: Saussurea lappa Clarke.

Part Used: Root

Habitat: Himalayas, Kashmir Valley

Energetics: Pungent, Bitter-hot-rasáyana VPK= Tissues: Plasma, Blood, Bone

Systems: Circulatory, respiratory

Action: Anthelmintic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, as- tringent, antispasmodic, alterative, aromatic, car– minative, diuretic, expectorant, insecticidal, pro- phylactic, stimulant, tonic

Uses: Best for bronchial asthma (especially vago- tonic), gas, phlegm, wasting, cough, loss of hun- ger (dyspepsia), rib pain, edema, skin diseases, jaundice, all diseases due to Váyu and Kapha, and asthma; rheumatism (with choti elá), cholera, qua- train malaria, leprosy, persistent hiccup, blackens gray hair; with musk for toothache, hair wash. As an ointment it is applied externally to wounds, se- vere ulcerations, tumors, angina.

Preparation: Powder, paste

Precaution: Narcotic effects when smoked. Use only under supervision of a qualified practitioner

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