What You Should Know
Costus Root (Saussurea lappa), also known as Kushtha, Costus, Kut and Kut Root, is an herb that can be found in various alternative medicine treatments and weight loss products. It claims to be an effective alterative, diuretic, tonic, antispasmodic, anthelmintic, stomachic, anodyne, stimulant, insecticidal, aromatic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, carminative, bronchodilator, prophylatic and astringent. This herb can be used by adult men and women of all fitness levels. Costus Root is said to act on the large intestine and the spleen. Since it claims to possess stimulant properties it is thought to help burn fat and increase energy, but these seem to be the only claims relevant to weight loss. When Costus Root is not contained in a capsule or tablet it is often used in a powder or paste form. This herb can be found in the Kashmir Valley and in the Himalayas. Depending on the country, this herb can be used in several different ways for several different purposes.
Costus Root it thought to be beneficial in treating gonorrhea, certain eye problems and the common cold. It may also be an effective laxative. It is also said to treat bloating, muscle tissue degeneration, irregular periods and certain pulmonary conditions. Costus Root is also believed to alleviate abdominal pain and dysentery. It is also thought to help alleviate asthma, jaundice, constipation and gall bladder pain. It is also thought to be beneficial in treating certain skin diseases, certain wounds, tumors and severe ulcerations (when applied topically as an ointment), rheumatism, bronchial asthma, phlegm, cholera, leprosy, cough, hiccups, dyspepsia, gas and edema. It has also been used in Wicca as an aphrodisiac. In India it is commonly used as a therapeutic essential oil.
- Costus Root has a long history of use.
- This herb has several different functions.
- Those who are dehydrated should not use the herb Costus Root or any products containing it.
- Some of the claims made about this herb have been disputed and there has not been any extensive clinical research to confirm its effectiveness.
- If smoked it creates a narcotic effect.
Costus Root doesn’t really stand out from the rest of the weight loss herbs available today. Costus Root may not be an effective weight loss supplement because it doesn’t seem to be able to suppress the appetite and though it is said to work as a stimulant it does not seem to be an effective fat burner. Those seeking weight loss should also develop a healthy diet and exercise program. Users will need to assess their health and fitness goals and decide if using Costus Root or any supplements containing it is right for them.