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Insulin Plant (Costus Pictus)
  • Insulin Plant (Costus Pictus)

    Costus pictus is commonly known by several other names, including Insulin plant, Spiral ginger, Fiery costus, Step ladder, Cane reed, Dwarf French, screw pine, Pencil flower, Crepe ginger, Malay ginger, Costus pictus, also known as Insulin plant, is a medicinal plant native to Southeast Asia and India. Also found broadly around the tropics of the planet, including the Caribbean, the African continent, and South America.  It has been traditionally used for its anti-diabetic properties, and modern research has supported some of these uses. Here are some of the medicinal uses of Costus pictus:

    • Diabetes management: Costus pictus has been traditionally used to help manage diabetes. Studies have shown that the plant has hypoglycemic effects and may help lower blood sugar levels.

    • Anti-inflammatory: Costus pictus has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation in the body. It has been used to treat various inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and asthma.

    • Antioxidant: Costus pictus is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. It may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

    • Digestive health: Costus pictus has been traditionally used to promote digestive health. It may help relieve constipation, stomach pain, and other digestive issues.

    • Immune system booster: Costus pictus contains compounds that help stimulate the immune system, which may help the body fight off infections and diseases.

    • Anti-ulcer: Costus pictus has been traditionally used to treat ulcers. Studies have shown that it has anti-ulcer properties and may help reduce the risk of stomach ulcers.


    Although Costus pictus (Insulin plant) is generally considered safe, there are some contraindications and precautions to be aware of. Here are some potential contraindications for Costus pictus:

    • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is limited information available on the safety of Costus pictus during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women avoid using Costus pictus.

    • Hypoglycemia: Costus pictus has hypoglycemic effects and may lower blood sugar levels. Therefore, it should be used with caution in individuals with hypoglycemia or those taking medications that lower blood sugar levels.

    • Surgery: Costus pictus may interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Therefore, it is recommended that individuals stop using Costus pictus at least two weeks prior to any scheduled surgery.

    • Allergies: Some individuals may be allergic to Costus pictus. If you experience any allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, or difficulty breathing, discontinue use and seek medical attention immediately.

    • Overuse: Like with any herbal remedy, overuse of Costus pictus can lead to negative side effects. It is important to follow recommended dosages and to speak with a healthcare provider before using Costus pictus.


    Note that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of Costus pictus and to determine safe and effective dosages for various conditions. As with any herbal remedy, it is recommended to speak with a healthcare provider before using Costus pictus.

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      Our manufacturing processes and services have been reformed and improved to serve you better.  Each serving contains approximately 1 gram of quality medicinal herb.  Our Tea Bomb contains a single unit of 3 grams. Herbs are also available in a loose format and sold in ounces as whole leaves. This collection of herbs is frequently acquired at wild locations in the forests of Puerto Rico. We perform sustainable wild harvesting. Herbs are identified, harvested, and processed by us using original and non-copy artisan methods.  After a thorough cleansing, plants are dehydrated and short-stored for optimal medicinal results.  We are all about freshness and quality of sources.  Old herbs will not harm you but neither will have their therapeutic potency.  This initiative is original and committed to keeping the improvements that the experience promotes.  Our signature dehydration process guarantees freshness and quality on every serving.  

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