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Common Name: Spiral Ginger, Cane reed, crepe-ginger, crape ginger, Malay ginger, spiral flag, wild- ginger, variegated ginger and costus
Scientific Name: Cheilocostus speciosus
Family Name: Costaceae
Rhizome has been used to treat fever, rash, asthma, bronchitis, and intestinal worms. Sap of young leaves and stems can be taken internally for diarrhea, for ear infections and eye infections. It can be used to treat coughs and colds, congestion of the nose and lungs, and internal parasites. Juice of the rhizome is used as a purgative in Malaysia.
An extract of the rhizome can be used to lower blood sugar levels, to treat inflammation of the liver, to fight stress, and as an antioxidant. In Assam, India used by the rural people for fertility control. It is used in the treatment of abdominal distension and pain, chest pains due to liver problems and jaundice, gall bladder pain, constipation, and asthma. It also stimulates the appetite.
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