Ayurveda and Science

Ketaki/केतकी/Costus peciosus/Crepe Ginger/Kemukha


Hindi Name: Ketaki
Sanskrit Name: Kemukha
English Name: Crepe Ginger
Latin Name: Costus speciosus (Koeing) Sm.
A perennial shrub with brilliant red coloured flowers cultivated in gardens as ornamental plant and also found growing in fallow lands.

Costus Speciosus Medicinal Uses

Kemukha is primarily used by Ayurveda in the treatment of disturbances in lipid metabolism like obesity, hyperlipidaemia. It is also considered useful in the management of diabetes. It is thought to cause contraction in the uterine muscles. Therefore, has also been used to correct irregular menstruation and during parturition.

Chemical Composition

Tubers has a large amount of starch. Diosgenin and tigogenin have been isolated from the rhizome.

Effect on

Balances kapha and pitta.
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