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kushtha - Saussurea lappa Clarke

kushtha :

kushtha : Saussurea lappa Clarke

Taxonomical Classification

Family: Asteraceae


English: kuth root, costus


Synonyms in Ayurveda: kushtha, yapya, brahmatirtha, pushkarasya, shvasari, padmatirtha, pushkarsagar, shulahara, punyasagar, gada

Parts used for medicinal purpose

Root, ,

General Use:

Rasayana / rejuvenation:
It is recommended for the rejuvenation of each and every part of the body.
Kushta also act as a fine detoxifier as it has ability to flush out toxins hence enhancing rejuvenation.

Recommended as a supplement in infertility as it specially nurtures the reproductive organs i.e. why it also works well in menstrual disorders especially painful menstrual cycle.
It is mentioned as Sukrasodhana: Group of herbs that cleanse semen, correct sperm morphology

Skin and pain
Kushth is also beneficial in skin diseases, ulcers, arthritis, inflammation, skin healing. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, which relieves joint aches and pains, as a result of gout or rheumatism. 
Kushta is a useful uterine stimulant. Kushta is effective in regulating menstrual cycles and end painful periods.
Arthritis - Kushta is also anti-inflammatory agent that brings good results in arthritis, joint disease, rheumatism, and back problems.

Therapeutic Uses:

Mentioned in group of medicines under:
Lekhaniya (for scrubbing): Group of herbs that have scraping, fat reducing activity (Udwarthana - type of treatment that we do in our clinic with herbal powder)

Asthapanopaga: Group of herbs used in Basti treatment (Enema)

Systemic Use:

Kushta churna (powder) is applied with butter milk as lepa (paste) for inflammation.
3-5 gm of Kushta powder with honey help to relieve cough and asthma
3-5 gm with warm water helps in indigestion and anorexia 


Main Medicine Combinations
Krimighna kashaya / Krimighna Gulika / Krimishodini:  It is a decoction used in the treatment of worm infestation (Helminthiasis) This Kashaya is derived from Krimighna Gana of Charaka.
Asana eladi taila: It is a herbal oil used in the treatment of headache, ear and eye diseases. It is used for external application only.
Brihat purnachandra Rasa: It is a medicine in tablet form, used in anti- ageing therapy, digestive disorders, cough, cold, asthma, anorexia, abdominal colic pain, low back ache, heart burn, indigestion, gastritis, fistula, jaundice, anemia, urinary tract disorders, gout.

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