English: Costus, Kut Root
Latin: Saussurea lappa Clarke.
Part Used: Root
Habitat: Himalayas, Kashmir Valley
Energetics: Pungent, Bitter-hot-rasáyana VPK= Tissues: Plasma, Blood, Bone
Systems: Circulatory, respiratory
Action: Anthelmintic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, as- tringent, antispasmodic, alterative, aromatic, car– minative, diuretic, expectorant, insecticidal, pro- phylactic, stimulant, tonic
Uses: Best for bronchial asthma (especially vago- tonic), gas, phlegm, wasting, cough, loss of hun- ger (dyspepsia), rib pain, edema, skin diseases, jaundice, all diseases due to Váyu and Kapha, and asthma; rheumatism (with choti elá), cholera, qua- train malaria, leprosy, persistent hiccup, blackens gray hair; with musk for toothache, hair wash. As an ointment it is applied externally to wounds, se- vere ulcerations, tumors, angina.
Preparation: Powder, paste
Precaution: Narcotic effects when smoked. Use only under supervision of a qualified practitioner