A REVIEW ON COSTUS IGNEUS
Shifana M. P.*, R. V. Celestin Baboo, Shiji Kumar P. S., Sirajudheen M. K. and Sherin A.
Costus igneus, commonly known as insulin plant is a member of Costaceae & its a traditionally used medicinal herb which is native to southeast Asia. The plant was recently introduced to India & grown as an ornamental plant in Southern India. It’s leaves are used as a dietry supplement in the treatment of diabetis mellitus. Several studies have been carried out to assess the plant’s anti-diabetic potential. Furthermore, it has been shown to have a variety of pharmacological activities like hypolipidemic, antimicrobial, anticancerous, diuretic, antioxidant, etc. Various phytochemical investigations proven the presence of carbohadrate, proteins, tannins, flavanoids, alkaloids, steroids and appreciable amount of trace elements. This work attempts to explore the various medicinal properties of Costus igneus for research purpose & future friendly formulation development for the protection of human well being.
Keywords: Costus igneus, diabetes mellitus, insulin plant, anti-diabetic activity, blood sugar level.
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