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Do Insulin Plants Control Diabetics?

Do Insulin Plants Control Diabetics?

The insulin plant, Costus Igneus, is used as an ornamental plant in Southern India. Powdered leaves of the insulin plant have been shown to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels. Studies show that consumption of the leaves without discontinuing conventional drugs does help in bringing down blood sugar levels and prevent diabetic complications. A study conducted by Shetty AJ et al, showed that, after 15 days of consuming the leaves of Costus Igneus, there was a sharp decrease in fasting blood sugar levels. Also, certain cases of leg ulcers showed significant improvement after combining the two therapies. Editorial Team, 1mg Continue reading >>

Insulin Plant (costus Igneus)

Insulin Plant (costus Igneus)

Do anybody have any experience of Insulin Plant ? Does it's consumption really reduce the blood sugar? To my knowledge,insulin has to be injected to be effective.If consumed orally,it will be digested like any other food item.So,eating insulin plant is not an option,I believe. Unfortunately, it has no effect on my BS. This includes all the other related species of this ornamental ginger: Costus woodsonii, Costus speciosus, Costus spectabilis, Costus barbatus. Still they are very pretty ornamentals to have in your garden. The insulin from camel milk can survive camel milk, in case you didn't know and there's a lot of natural insulin in camel milk - around 30 units per liter. Unfortunately, it's still very expensive outside of India. In Australia, one has to queue up to get it - many months of advanced booking. Also, the insulin pill is on the horizon and you can google that up - Israeli invention (I think it's called 'Oramed'). It's already gone to phase III clinical trials and should be on the market soon. It performs better, it seems, than injected insulin. If it's available I'll go for it. The cost of Injectable insulin + supplies of related stuff + finger prick pain + dangerous episodes of hypoglymia could be a trade off for camel milk, so the transition/replacement of the former for the latter may balance each other out. Plus I've read of people who went off insulin completely after consuming camel milk. One possible advantage of the insulin pill is that it doesn't appear to cause hypoglycemia in clinical trials. The link below explains the complexities of delivering insulin orally.I believe that without going through that complex process(which is still in development stage),eating or drinking plant material or camel milk will do the job.Oral insulin therapy has be Continue reading >>

How To Use Insulin Plant To Cure Diabetes – Diy

How To Use Insulin Plant To Cure Diabetes – Diy

Fiery costus or spiral flag is a herbal plant from costaceae family native of Brazil. In India, it is known as “Insulin plant” because of its use in Ayurveda and siddha medicine in the treatment of diabetes. The leaves of the plant are dark green and fleshy. The plant grows up to a height of about two feet with a number of broad lengthy leaves forming around the stem like a spiral. Nutrition information The plant is mainly used for its anti-diabetic properties even though it contains many other medicinal properties. There are studies that suggest the usage of the plant in the treatment of ascaris, asthma and bronchitis. The study on the contents of the insulin plant and its application in modern medical field is in initial stages only. Only during recent years some authenticated studies and the observations have been revealed. So far, the plant is known to contain many nutrients beneficial to health. The plant is rich in protein, iron and anti-oxidants like orsorbic acid, a-tocophenol, beta-carotene, terpinoids, steroids and flavonoids. The plant contains carbohydrates, interpinoids, alkaloids, tannins and saponins. The leaves contain 21.2% fiber. The leaf extract contain petroleum ether, Cyclohexane, acetone and ethanol. Significant amounts of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper and zinc are available in the plant. The phenolic substances in the plant are responsible for the antioxidant activities of the leaves. The antioxidants quercetin and diosgenin in the plant are used in reducing stress in the liver, pancreas and kidneys and stimulate glycolytic enzymes besides controlling gluconeogenesis in animals affected by diabetics. When insulin leaves are consumed along with other modalities of diabetic treatment, it provides effective glycemic control in diabetic pat Continue reading >>

Insulin Plant: Natures Own Diabetes Medicine?

Insulin Plant: Natures Own Diabetes Medicine?

Home Magazine Diabetes Insulin Plant: Natures Own Diabetes Medicine? Insulin Plant: Natures Own Diabetes Medicine? Expert-reviewed byAshwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience. Fact-checked byAditya Nar, B.Pharm, MSc. Public Health and Health Economics. The successful discovery, manufacturing and marketing of new medicines is a time-consuming process that can take anywhere from 10 to 15 years. No wonder then, in recent times, a lot of research focuses on studying local natural medicines that have already been in use by the natives of a particular place. In the year 2012, two researchers in Tamil Nadu carried out a study of the plants traditionally used by tribals in the Kolli hills (located in Tamil Nadus Namakkal district) to treat diabetes. An interesting find was the use of leaves of Keukand (in Hindi) or Kostam (in Tamil). (1) This plant is native to Central and South America and only came to India much later. But once it did, it grew increasingly popular as the Insulin plant, supposedly due to word-of-mouth publicity as an effective natural diabetes medicine. Lots of research has been conducted to check the diabetes-controlling effect of this insulin plant: 17 different studies have been carried out on animals and animal tissue. These studies have shown that extracts from the leaves of the insulin plant successfully reduced blood glucose levels. (2) As for regular insulin therapy, heres everything you need to know about it. Now, this is where the research is yet to catch up. Only one study has been conducted on persons with diabetes so far, at the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. The study found that chewing on one fresh leaf of the insulin plant or consuming 1 teaspoon of the dried leaf powder dai Continue reading >>

How To Grow A Costus Igneus Plant

How To Grow A Costus Igneus Plant

Costus igneus, also called the Fiery Costus or Spiral Flag, is a member of the Costaceae family that is native to many tropical areas of the world. The leaves spiral around the stems as they grow from the underground roots. Flowers are up to 15 inches wide and orange in color. Costus igneus is not difficult to grow, has few diseases and is only rarely troubled by pests. Costus igneus is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 9b through 11. 1 Choose a location in either partial sun or partial shade. Plant in partial sun in mild climates and partial shade in hot areas. Costus igneus is a plant that loves water in both soil and air. It is often planted near water. Costus are best planted in the early spring. 2 Dig the holes so that the plants may be set on 2 to 3 foot centers to allow room for growth. Costus do not require deep planting. Dig the bed only 2 or 3 inches deep. You can use Costus igneus in shrub borders to add interest and color to other plantings. Continue reading >>

Effect Of The Insulin Plant (costus Igneus) Leaves On Dexamethasone-induced Hyperglycemia

Effect Of The Insulin Plant (costus Igneus) Leaves On Dexamethasone-induced Hyperglycemia

Go to: Costus igneus, commonly known as insulin plant in India, belongs to the family Costaceae. Consumption of the leaves are believed to lower blood glucose levels, and diabetics who consumed the leaves of this plant did report a fall in their blood glucose levels. Objectives: The present study was planned to evaluate the effect of the leaves of Costus igeus on dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia in male Wistar rats. Four groups of male Wistar rats (n= 6) were treated with 10 mg/kg/day of dexamethasone subcutaneously for 20 days. From day 11 to day 20, different groups received 100, 250 or 500 mg/kg/day of powdered leaves of Costus igeus in distilled water orally or Glibenclamide 500 µg/kg orally. On the 20th day, after overnight fasting, a retro-orbital puncture was performed for obtaining blood samples to estimate the fasting blood glucose level, and the same procedure was followed on the other eye 1 hour after a glucose load of 2.5 g/kg orally for estimation of post-glucose load blood glucose levels. Fasting blood sugar and postglucose load blood sugar levels were raised in the group that received dexamethasone when compared to normal controls (P < 0.001), whereas 250 and 500 mg/kg powdered leaf of Costus igeus and Glibenclamide 500 µg/kg decreased the dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia (P < 0.01). The leaves of Costus igeus reduced the fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels, bringing them towards normal, in dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia in rats. Groups Mean Std. deviation Control 90.1 1.1 Dexamethasone (10 mg/kg/day) 182.8*** 1.7 Insulin plant leaf (100 mg/kg/day) 170.0 1.4 Insulin plant (250 mg/kg/day) 127.1** 1.7 Insulin plant leaf (500 mg/kg/day) 120.8** 1.3 Glibenclamide (0.175 g/kg/day) 125.1** 1.6 Continue reading >>

A Review On Insulin Plant (costus Igneus Nak)

A Review On Insulin Plant (costus Igneus Nak)

Go to: INTRODUCTION Costus igneus Nak (syn. Costus pictus D. Don, Costus mexicanus Liebm ex Petersen or Costus congenitus Rowle), commonly known as fiery costus, Step ladder or Spiral flag or Insulin plant, is native to South and Central America. This is a recent introduction to India from America as an herbal cure for diabetes and hence commonly called as ‘insulin plant.’[1] It is widely grown in gardens as ornamental plant in South India and also run wild in many places.[2] It is used in India to control diabetes, and it is known that diabetic people eat one leaf daily to keep their blood glucose low.[3] Leaves of C. igneus were one among the plants known to be effectively used for treating diabetes by the tribal people of Kolli hills of Namakkal district, Tamilnadu.[4] In Mexican folk medicine, the aerial part of C. pictus D. Don is used as an infusion in the treatment of renal disorders.[5] The plant belongs to the family Costaceae. The Costaceae was first raised to the rank of family by Nakai on the basis of spirally arranged leaves and rhizomes being free from aromatic essential oils. Before the elevation to family status, Engler and Prantl recognized Costoideal as a subfamily under Zingiberaceae. Several anatomical and morphological features support this isolated position including well developed aerial shoot with distinct, rigid, and commonly branched stems. The leaves are inserted in a low spiral with divergences. The family Costaceae consists of four genera and approximately 200 species. The genus Costus is the largest in the family with about 150 species that are mainly tropical in distribution.[2,6] The present review deals with the recent research carried out in the area of phytochemistry, pharmacological, biological activities, and safety of Costus ign Continue reading >>

Insulin Plant Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

Insulin Plant Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

Reply One of the best natural supplements to help control type 2 diabetes is Costus Pictus (you can read about it on Google). The leaves of the plant have the ability to help control and normalize blood sugar levels. Research has shown that the plant extract also contains the same properties and can be consumed in a powdered form as well. There are numerous growers of the plant in India, however according to my knowledge, the only people that have a certified product with a food licence to sell the powder are a farm based in Tamil Nadu. The contact person is a gentleman by the name of Manu and he can be contacted @9881976661 Reply Dear RK Rajagopalan Please let us know first, that for what purpose you want to take Insulin Plant. We will suggest you an appropriate Herb according to your problem. Regards Herbpathy Research Team ( Make Life Healthy ) This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb. Reply Shaheen, PCOS is a disease in which ovaries are not able to produce eggs, which causes menstruation obstruction. It is also linked with insulin levels, high levels of insulin leads to PCOS as it encourages the rise in levels of testosterone in women. But there is no link of Insulin Plant with PCOS. For PCOS the best remedy is Manjakani ( Quercus Infectoria ) and Shatavari ( Asparagua Racemosus ). Buy tinctures of both the herbs. Take 10 drops of each in half a glass of water. Take Shatavari in the morning and Manjakani in the evening. These herbs help to maintains the monthly ovulation which automatically treats the PCOs For other remedies or more information, you can visit our PCOS page in disease section. Please let us know the results after 1 month. Herbpathy Research Team ( Make Life Continue reading >>

Medicinal Plant Costus Igneus Uses And Health Benefits (insulin Plant)

Medicinal Plant Costus Igneus Uses And Health Benefits (insulin Plant)

The insulin plant or Costus igneus is a low growing plant that grows to a height of 2 feet. Leaves are simple, oblong, alternate, entire, large, fleshy, and evergreen. They are 4-7 inches in length and have parallel venation. The undersides of the leaves have a purple color. The leaves have a spiral arrangement around the stem that arise from underground root-stocks. The leaves form attractive arching clumps. The flowers are orange in colour and 3.8 cm in diameter. During the hot months, flowers bloom. Flowers appear at the tip of branches. Costus igneus the insulin plant: Uses, information and side effects Common name The common name for this is the insulin plant. People also call it spiral flag, fiery costus, Kostum, step ladder, Keukand, and Jarul. Botanical name or family The botanical name for this plant is Costus Igneus. It belongs to the Costaceae family. Geographical areas where Costus igneus grows It grows natively in North America. Now, it has been propagated all over the world including India. Insulin plant Medicinal uses for curing diseases The medicinal property of the insulin plant is due to the presence of chemicals such as Terpenoids, Saponins, Flavonoids, Corosolic acid, Sapogenin, Tanins, and Steroids. It has been used in Ayurveda since the olden times. Ant diabetic property: It reduces sugar levels in the blood. You need to take only one leaf a day to bring your sugar levels under control. Further, it reduces the level of the induced cholesterol. Diabetics will normally have a high cholesterol level that is induced due to the high sugar level in the blood. But, once you take the costus igneus plant leaf, you will see a drop in the cholesterol levels too. Find Home remedies for diabetes. Cure for asthma: You can treat asthma in two ways. One is to take Continue reading >>

Insulin Plant

Insulin Plant

Family • Costaceae Chamaecostus cuspidatus (Nees. & Martin( C.D Specht & D.W. Stev. SPIRAL FLAG Scientific names Common names Chamaecostus cuspidatus (Nees & Mart.) C.D.Specht & D.W.Stev. Fiery costus (Engl.) Costus cuspidatus (Nees & Mart.) Maas Insulin plant (Engl.) Costus igneus N.E.Br. Spiral flag (Engl.) Globba cuspidata Nees & Mart. Costus igneus N.E.Br. is a synonyms of Chamaecostus cuspidatuss (Nees & Mart.) C. Specht & D.W.Stev. The Plant List Chamaecostus cuspidatus (Nees & Mart.) C.Specht & D.W.Stev. is an accepted name. The Plant List Other vernacular names BENGALI: Piasal.. HINDI: BAanda, Bija-sal, Peisar, Jarul, Keukand. GUJARATI: Pakarmula. KANNADA: Kemou honne. MALAYALAM: Honne, Karintakara, Vengai, Venna-maram. MARATHI: Honi, Pushkarmula. ODISHA: Vengis. SANSKRIT: Asana, Bandhukapushpa. TAMIL: Neyccarikamaram, Venkal-c-ciray, Kostam. URDU: Bijasar, Bam al akhwain. OTHERS: Kostum (Siddha). Costus igneus is a perennial, upright, spreading plant growing to a height of 2 feet, with the tallest stems falling and lying on the ground. Leaves are simple, alternate, entire, oblong, 4-8 inches long with parallel venation, spirally arranged around the stems. Large, fleshy, smooth, and dark green leaves have a light purple underside. Flowers are orange, 1.5 inches in diameter, on cone-like head at the tips of branches. Fruits are green colored, less than 0.5 inch. Distribution - Introduced. - Native to South and Central America. - Widely cultivated in India. Constituents - Leaves are rich in protein, iron, ad antioxidant components such as ascorbic acid, a-tocopherol, ß-carotene, terpenoids, steroids, and flavonoids. - Ethanol extract of leaves yielded tannins, phlobatannins, saponin, flavonoids, terpenoids, and cardiac glycosides. (9) - Study for essential oil Continue reading >>

Insulin Plant (costus Igneus) : A Boon To Diabetic Patients

Insulin Plant (costus Igneus) : A Boon To Diabetic Patients

Insulin Plant (Costus Igneus) : A Boon To Diabetic Patients by Dr.Anand Buchake / In Herbs , Super Foods Costus igneus, known as the insulin plant, belongs to the family Costaceae. There is a very famous saying that a leaf of insulin plant a day keeps diabetes away. This is because the consumption of these leaves lowers blood glucose levels in the body. This herb is beneficial for people who are suffering from diabetes. Discover the health benefits and the side effects of the insulin plant. The insulin plant has various other names. Its scientific name is Chamaecostuscuspidatus or Costus igneus. Its English name is Fiery Costus. Moreover, it has various names subject to the various parts of sub Asian continent. Some of the vernacular names are listed below: 2. Hindi: Baanda, Bija-sal, Peisar, Jarul, Keukand. 5. Malayalam: Honne, Karintakara, Vengai, Venna-maram. 9. Tamil: Neyccarikamaram, Venkal-c-ciray, Kostam. Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) has conducted various researches related to this insulin plant. One of the researchers have proved that insulin leaves have high fructose level. The excessive fructose is absorbed and filtered by the human digestive enzyme. This is done to normalize the sugar level in the blood. Thus, it shows how crucial insulin leaves are for people suffering from diabetes. Following mentioned are some major health benefits of this leaf: As the name suggests, insulin leaves work best to cure diabetes by reducing the high sugar level inside the body. The increased sugar level in the blood is very dangerous. This is because it can lead to organ failure and prevent the free flow of nutrients in the body. Thus, it is mandated that you should drink water which has been infused with the insulin leaves. You should have this solution at least twice Continue reading >>

Effect Of The Insulin Plant (costus Igneus) Leaves On Dexamethasone-induced Hyperglycemia

Effect Of The Insulin Plant (costus Igneus) Leaves On Dexamethasone-induced Hyperglycemia

Abstract Unlabelled: Costus igneus, commonly known as insulin plant in India, belongs to the family Costaceae. Consumption of the leaves are believed to lower blood glucose levels, and diabetics who consumed the leaves of this plant did report a fall in their blood glucose levels. Objectives: The present study was planned to evaluate the effect of the leaves of Costus igeus on dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia in male Wistar rats. Four groups of male Wistar rats (n= 6) were treated with 10 mg/kg/day of dexamethasone subcutaneously for 20 days. From day 11 to day 20, different groups received 100, 250 or 500 mg/kg/day of powdered leaves of Costus igeus in distilled water orally or Glibenclamide 500 microg/kg orally. On the 20th day, after overnight fasting, a retro-orbital puncture was performed for obtaining blood samples to estimate the fasting blood glucose level, and the same procedure was followed on the other eye 1 hour after a glucose load of 2.5 g/kg orally for estimation of post-glucose load blood glucose levels. Fasting blood sugar and postglucose load blood sugar levels were raised in the group that received dexamethasone when compared to normal controls (P < 0.001), whereas 250 and 500 mg/kg powdered leaf of Costus igeus and Glibenclamide 500 microg/kg decreased the dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia (P < 0.01). The leaves of Costus igeus reduced the fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels, bringing them towards normal, in dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia in rats. Discover the world's research 14+ million members 100+ million publications 700k+ research projects Join for free Continue reading >>

Jcdr - Effect Of The Insulin Plant ( Costus Igneus ) Leaves On Blood Glucose Levels In Diabetic Patients: A Cross Sectional Study.

Jcdr - Effect Of The Insulin Plant ( Costus Igneus ) Leaves On Blood Glucose Levels In Diabetic Patients: A Cross Sectional Study.

Table of Contents - Year : 2010 | Month : June | Volume : 4 | Issue : 3 | Page : 2617 - 2621 Effect Of The Insulin Plant ( Costus Igneus ) Leaves On Blood Glucose Levels In Diabetic Patients: A Cross Sectional Study. 2617-2621 SHETTY AJ, PARAMPALLI S.M, BHANDARKAR R, KOTIAN S Background: The complications of Diabetes mellitus are related to glycaemic control. Normoglycaemia or near normoglycaemia is the desired, but often elusive, goal for most patients. Regardless of the level of hyperglycaemia, improvement in glycaemic control will lower the risk of diabetes complications. Consumption of the leaves of the insulin plant has been claimed to achieve glycaemic control and hence, we have planned the present cross sectional study in diabetic patients. Aim Of The Study: Analysis of glycaemic control in diabetic patients who have been consuming the leaves of the insulin plant and to know the adverse effects/ benefits of insulin plant leaf consumption. Materials And Methods/ Statistical Analysis: A cross sectional study was conducted after taking informed consent from the patients. Retrospective data was collected from diabetic patients who consumed the leaves of the insulin plant. Wilcoxsons paired test was the statistical method which was used for analysis of the data. Results And Conclusion: Statistically significant reduction in the fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels in all the patients who consumed the leaves. Continue reading >>

3 Top Medicinal Uses Of Insulin Plant | Costus Igneus For Diabetes | Wildturmeric

3 Top Medicinal Uses Of Insulin Plant | Costus Igneus For Diabetes | Wildturmeric

3 Top Medicinal Uses Of Insulin Plant | Costus Igneus For Diabetes About a year back, a wonderful local herbalist asked me whether I wanted to see a herb called insulin plant. Nothing makes me more happy than getting to know new herbs and when I nodded my head in agreement he took me to his backyard and showed me the insulin plant. I still remember staring at the plant mesmerized as the herbalist explained it's wonderful benefits and medicinal uses especially for diabetic patients . Insulin plant is a recent introduction to India from America and it is widely sold in herb nurseries, if you ask for insulin plant you will be able to buy the plant easily. The botanical name of insulin plant is Costus Igneus, many know it as only insulin plant in Tamil Nadu but some call it Kostum too. It is called Jarul | Keukand in Hindi. Here is why insulin plant is very useful for diabetic patients: 1. Costus Igneus For Diabetes: The leaves of the plant is very very popular for it's use in treating diabetes as it reduces the blood sugar levels very very effectively, that is why it is aptly named as insulin plant. Usually one leaf of the plant is taken for treating diabetes and I found more than 15 clinical studies to prove this use! You can read the study that proves the use here (in the study the diabetes that was induced in the rats was similar type 2 diabetes). 2. Costus Igneus For Diabetes induced High Cholesterol: Insulin plant leaves when taken by diabetic patients not only reduced their blood sugar levels, it also brought the diabetes induced cholesterol levels down which is huge added benefit. 3. Costus Igneus Antioxidant Properties: Insulin plant also has wonderful anti oxidant properties which is especially useful for diabetic patients as it helps to reverse the oxidative str Continue reading >>

Chamaecostus Cuspidatus

Chamaecostus Cuspidatus

Chamaecostus cuspidatus, common name fiery costus or spiral flag, is a species of herbaceous plant in the Costaceae family native to eastern Brazil (States of Bahia and Espirito Santo).[1][2][3] In India, it is known as insulin plant because of its use in Ayurvedic medicine for its purported anti-diabetic properties.[4] Chamaecostus cuspidatus has large fleshy looking leaves. The undersides of these large, smooth, dark green leaves have light purple shade. The leaves are spirally arranged around the stem, forming attractive, arching clumps arising from underground rootstocks. The maximum height of these plants is about two feet. The flowers are orange in color and are 1.5 in (3.8 cm) in diameter. Flowering occurs during the warm months. And they appear to be cone-like heads at the tips of branches.[5] Cultivation[edit] In Siddha medicine, it is known as kostum. It is being cultivated in Kashmir and the Himalayan regions for its root. It is related to the gingers and was originally part of the Zingiberaceae family. But now the Costus species and their kin have been reclassified into their own family, Costaceae.[2] The species reproduces vegetative by rhizome and birds disperse seeds when they feed on the fruits. Costus products are sometimes called Costus comosus and are edible in nature. The flower petals are quite sweet and nutritious. It's a lower grower and makes a great ground cover. The long red flower spikes of Costus pulverulentus are unique to the family and they are sure to create interest in the garden. The plant grows very quickly. And the propagation is by stem cutting. It needs sunshine but it also grows in slightly shady areas. It is cultivated in India for its use in traditional medicine and elsewhere as an ornamental. Traditional medicine[edit] The dried Continue reading >>

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