Family Name: Asteraceae
Botanical Name(s): Saussurea lappa
Popular Name(s): Kut Root, Kut, Kushtha
Parts Used: The whole herb
Habitat: Costus is found in the Himalayas and Kashmir Valley.
Description: Costus is a perennial herbaceous plant. Its leaves
are produced in a dense basal rosette. The flowers occur in a dense head
of small capitula, often completely surrounded in dense white to purple
Uses: Costus is used as an alterative, anthelmintic, antiseptic,
antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic and expectorant. It is
effective in curing cough, asthma, cholera, jaundice, leprosy,
rheumatism and a number of other diseases. Externally, it is applied as
an ointment to wounds, skin diseases and tumors.