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What is so special about costus igneus?
Consumption of Insulin Plant is believed to lower blood glucose levels, and diabetics who consumed the leaves of this plant did report a fall in their blood glucose levels.
What are costus igneus side effects?
All dietary supplements have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy. If you have any concerns about a side effects, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Potential side effects while using Insulin Plant supplement include gastrointestinal discomfort, skin irritation (if applied to the skin) and hypoglycemia. You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned.
Does your product contain aristolochic acid?
Our costus igneus nak product is free of aritolochic acid. Costus products that contain aristolochic acid are unsafe. Don’t use any costus igneus preparation or insulin plant for sale unless lab tests prove it is free of aristolochic acid.
What are other names for the Insulin Plant?
Costus igneus, commonly known as Insulin Plant in India, belongs to the family Costaceae. Other names include step ladder, spiral flag and costus igneus nak. Its botanical name is Chamaecostus cuspidatus. Below are a few more common names in different language:
Spiral Ginger, Spotted Spiral Ginger, Painted Spiral Ginger
Bijasar, Dam al akhwain
Banda, Bija-sal, Peisar , jarul, Keukand
Honne, Karintakara, Vengai, Venna-maram
Honi , Pushkarmula
Planta de Insulina, Insulina Planta
Neyccarikamaram, Venkai-c-ciray , Kostam
What does costus igneus nak (Insulin Plant) look like?
Below is what the plant looks like:
Is there fake Insulin Plant?
Never buy fake insulin plant or fake costus igneus. Always purchase insulin plant from a trusted vendor such as Natural Smart Health. Consider inspecting the leaves when assessing a potential fake insulin plant (the actual plant). For example, the leaves taste sweet and sour. Costus igneus leaves are large, smooth and of dark green color. In addition, the underside of insulin plant leaves are light purple and spirally arranged around the stem. Also, the insulin plant looks attractive and smooth and produces orange color fruit in the warm months.
JCDR Insulin Plant Research Article
Effect Of The Insulin Plant ( Costus Igneus ) Leaves On Blood Glucose Levels In Diabetic Patients: A Cross Sectional Study.
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. Wilcoxsonâ€™s 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.
There were 24 males and 6 females, whose ages ranged from 47-65 years. These patients did not have any other medical problems. They were diagnosed to have diabetes since the past 3 to 30 years. The number of patients receiving insulin injection were 12, those receiving oral hypoglycaemic treatment were 14 ( metformin 10, metformin with glibenclamide 4) and those receiving non-allopathic therapies for diabetes mellitus were 4. All the patients t took one fresh leaf / 1 tea-spoon of shade dried leaf powder in the morning on an empty stomach without discontinuing their past treatments for diabetes; The fasting blood sugar level decreased in all the thirty patients. The benefit of the insulin leaf therapy was noted from day fifteen (p<0.001, Wilcoxsonâ€™s paired test). Prolonged duration of consumption of the leaves improved glycaemic control. The glycaemic control on the 60th day was better than that on day 15 and day 30 (p<0.001). In patients who had non healing leg ulcers and recurrent urinary tract infections, the problem resolved within day fifteen to day sixty; Cataract surgery could be successfully performed after treatment with insulin plant leaves for fifteen days ; The dose of insulin could be reduced to half in all the 12 patients who were on insulin. Patients who were on oral hypoglycaemic drugs and non-allopathic medications, whose blood glucose was not under control, could get their blood glucose levels under control after the consumption of the leaves. There were 4 patients with non healing leg ulcers who reported healing. 6 patients who could not undergo surgery for cataract due to fluctuating high fasting blood sugar could successfully undergo surgery with no post operative complications. 2 patients with a history of recurrent urinary tract infection did not suffer from it any longer. No retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy or cardiovascular events due to diabetes were reported in these patients. They are continuing to take the leaves since it is beneficial for glycaemic control and since it also protects them against the development of diabetic complications.
The management of diabetes involves primary and secondary prevention strategies. At-risk individuals with obesity, low physical activity and a family history of disease could be advised interventions to prevent the occurrence of the disease.
Secondary prevention involves patients who have already developed the disease, with the aim of intervention to prevent complications. This usually involves the use of drugs and therapies for the specific disorder. As diabetes is a disorder which results from changes in the lifestyle, most studies on primary prevention have involvedthe modification of the same. A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise/physical activity and the consumption of a fibre rich, low-calorie healthy diet has been the primary intervention. Lifestyle intervention with a combination of regular physical activityand dietary advice showed an impressive reduction in the risk of developing diabetes in all the studies.
Secondary prevention involves the management of diabetes with an aim to prevent complications. Various studies have shown that the tight control of hyperglycaemia reduces micro vascular and macro vascular complications.
Besides this, control of blood pressure, dyslipidaemia and use of anti-thrombotics form the pillars of overall diabetes management. Control of obesity, dyslipidaemia, blood pressure, insulin resistance, dysglycaemia and the pro-thrombotic and pro-inflammatory states results in lower cardiovascular events. There are Insulin dependent Diabetics and Non insulin dependent Diabetics.
The majority of non insulin diabetic patients will fail to respond to diet and oral agents and will eventually require insulin therapy to control hyperglycaemia. There has been a growing need to develop better and more convenient drugs. There are certain management issues that are unique to India due to its tradition, culture, geography and people at large. Ayurveda, the science of life, originated in India, more than 5000 years ago. It has been traditionally been used as a system of medicine to promote health and well-being and to relieve ailments using a holistic approach. In this country, a proportion of the population follows this system of medicine, either solely or in combination with allopathic medicine. Diabetes management in Ayurveda includes diet, behaviour and herbal modalities. Various herbs have been reported to be having anti-hyperglycaemic actions. Some of these like karela, turmeric, spinach and fenugreek seeds among others, can be the part of a healthy diet. Because the complications of DM 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. Regular consumption of insulin plant leaves has provided statistically significant glycaemic control (p<0.001, Wilcoxsonâ€™s paired test) and has prevented the onset of diabetic complications when consumed in addition to the past treatments for diabetes.A controlled trial with larger sample size is desired.
Regular consumption of insulin plant leaves in conjunction with other modalities of treatment has effectively provided glycaemic control in diabetics; the dose of insulin could be reduced to half. Blood sugar levels which were earlier not controlled with oral hypoglycaemic drugs or non allopathic treatments were controlled. The risk ofdiabetic complications was avoided and no adverse effects due to the consumption of insulin plant leaves were reported. Glycaemic control was evident from day fifteen. Regular consumption is necessary for benefits to be observed.
International Journal of Ayurveda Research Article
Effect of the insulin plant (Costus igneus) leaves on dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia
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.
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