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Costus root is the underground stem of Costus speciosus, a species of plant in the ginger family. It is used in traditional medicine in India as a diuretic, aphrodisiac, and tonic. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat conditions such as fever, rheumatism, and bronchitis.



1. Diuretic: Costus root has diuretic properties, which means it can stimulate the production of urine and help flush out toxins from the body. 2. Aphrodisiac: Costus root has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries to increase sexual desire and improve performance.

3. Tonic: Costus root has tonic properties that can help to strengthen the body and improve overall health. It is believed to help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system.



  • While costus root is believed to have potential benefits for the respiratory system and immune system, it can also cause allergic reactions in some people.

  • The herb is sometimes used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, but it can also have immunostimulatory effects, which can exacerbate certain inflammatory conditions.

  • While costus root is sometimes used to improve digestion and treat gastrointestinal disorders, it can also cause digestive upset and even diarrhea in some people.

  • The herb is sometimes used to promote menstruation, but it can also cause irregular menstrual cycles in some women.

  • Costus root should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as it can cause uterine contractions and harm the developing fetus.


Tastes Like:

Costus root has a sweet, earthy flavor with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. It is often used to flavor curries and soups.



The best way to prepare costus root is to grind it into a powder and add it to curries and soups. It can also be boiled and eaten as a vegetable side dish.

Costus Root (Mu Xiang)

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