Medicinal use of Costus or Kustha

The root powder of costus(kustha) is used in Ayurveda and Unani system of medicine for treatment of diseases related to brain, nerves, skin, reproductive organs etc. Learn how to use this herb.

Costus or Kustha is an important medicinal herb of Ayurveda. It is found in Himalayan range at an altitude of 2500-3600 meters, growing on moist slopes. Costus is also found in basins of the Chenab and Jhelam at altitudes of 3000-3800 m. In Himachal Pradesh, it is found in Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.The trade name of Costus is Kuth.

Costus medicinal uses

Costus is used in traditional Indian medicinal system to treat various ailments. The root powder is used in Ayurveda and Unani system of medicine for the treatment of diseases related to brain, nerves, skin, reproductive organs, etc. It has anti-ulcer, the liver protecting, anti-convulsion, anti-cancer, anti-arthritic, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. Various clinical studies have supported its use in the treatment of diseases. Studies have shown its anti-microbial activities.

The root of the plant are stout, wrinkled and ridged.  It has strong aroma. When dried, the color of root is grey to yellow. It is about 8-12 cm long and 1-3 cm in diameter. The dried root is powdered and used for the treatment of diseases. The recommended safe dosage of root powder of costus is 0.2 to 1 grams.
Common Names: Kuth, Pachak, Kushtha, Kooth, Kuste, Costus

How to use Costus for treating diseases

  1. Skin diseases, eczema, itching
    Wash thoroughly Costus leaves. Using mortar and pestle extract juice. Apply this juice externally on the affected skin areas. Regular application will cure skin diseases.
  2. Nerve weakness, Improving blood circulation
    Prepare churna or powder of Costus rhizome. Mix this in vegetable oil and massage at affected areas.
  3. Paralysis
    Take Costus root powder 1/2 to 1 g, twice a day.
  4. Cold cough, low immunity
    Mix costus root powder with honey and take.
  5. Low blood pressure
    Take costus root powder (1 gram), twice a day with milk.
  6. Scanty menses, Painful periods, Irregular periods
    Take Costus root powder (1-2 grams), with water/honey for 15 days (prior to expected menstruation) twice a day.
  7. Intestinal parasite
    Take 1/2 gram Costus powder.
  8. Fever, debility due to fever
    Take costus powder in dosage of 1/2 grams with honey for a few days.
  9. Pimple, acne, non-healing wound, eczema
    Rub costus root on stone and apply on the affected facial parts.


  1. Hi..I am suffering from psorasis.Is this plant is help me to cure?

  2. am a patient of facial pulsy where the seventh nerve was affected for long period of time causing nerve weakness and left side face droppings.kindly advise how effective this costus medicine to this problem.

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