3 Top Medicinal Uses Of Insulin Plant | Costus Igneus For Diabetes

 
About a year back, a wonderful local herbalist asked me whether I wanted to see a herb called insulin plant. Nothing makes me more happy than getting to know new herbs and when I nodded my head in agreement he took me to his backyard and showed me the insulin plant. I still remember staring at the plant mesmerized as the herbalist explained it’s wonderful benefits and medicinal uses especially for diabetic patients . Insulin plant is a recent introduction to India from America and it is widely sold in herb nurseries, if you ask for insulin plant you will be able to buy the plant easily. The botanical name of insulin plant is Costus Igneus, many know it as only insulin plant in Tamil Nadu but some call it Kostum too. It is called Jarul | Keukand in Hindi. Here is why insulin plant is very useful for diabetic patients: 1. Costus Igneus For Diabetes: The leaves of the plant is very very popular for it’s use in treating diabetes as it reduces the blood sugar levels very very effectively, that is why it is aptly named as insulin plant. Usually one leaf of the plant is taken for treating diabetes and I found more than 15 clinical studies to prove this use! You can read the study that proves the use here (in the study the diabetes that was induced in the rats was similar type 2 diabetes). 2. Costus Igneus For Diabetes induced High Cholesterol: Insulin plant leaves when taken by diabetic patients not only reduced their blood sugar levels, it also brought the diabetes induced cholesterol levels down which is huge added benefit. 3. Costus Igneus Antioxidant Properties: Insulin plant also has wonderful anti oxidant properties which is especially useful for diabetic patients as it helps to reverse the oxidative stress of the liver, kidney and pancreas caused due to diabetes. Costus igneus also has anti microbial, diuretic and cancer preventing properties. Costus Igneus Toxicity: Even at very large doses insulin plant didn’t cause mortality but at certain levels it does get toxic. Prolonged use of insulin plant leaves at large doses will lead to toxicity, I would kindly suggest using insulin plant leaves in the correct dosage and to monitor your blood sugar levels closely while taking it….
 

Different Forms of taking Insulin Plant Leaves:

1. The Leaf: Chew one fresh leaf of insulin plant to reduce blood sugar levels.

2. The Insulin Plant Tea: If you are not able to chew on the fresh leaf, you can make a decoction by pounding one leaf and boiling it in water till it reduces in half.

3. The Insulin Plant Powder: You can also make a powder of the plant by collecting the leaves, shade drying them and then powdering in a dry mixer to get a very very fine powder. The usual recommended dosage for the powder is 1/2 to 1 tsp per day.  

NOTES:

  • The dosage given is general and I would strongly suggest consuming the leaves under medical supervision.
  • If you still want to take the leaves on your own, I would suggest monitoring your blood sugar levels closely and starting at the lowest dosage…

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  1. Anonymous
    June 28, 2016 / 4:21 am

    I was looking for some info on this, and yours is always the first reference for me :-)…wonderful as usual..Saw in agri univ website referring to insulin plant as Costus speciosus. Both are same?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 5:39 am

      Costus Speciosus and Costus Igneus are two different plants but they both are used for treating diabetes and are generally referred to as insulin plant. But usually the word insulin plant refers to costus igneus all over the world…

    • Deepak Bhayani
      September 27, 2016 / 4:22 pm

      from where we can get it wants to grow it at my place to help the people

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 3:37 am

      You can buy insulin plant in most large nurseries. Even if they don't have it most nurseries will get it for you easily if you order through them.

  2. Anonymous
    June 29, 2016 / 4:37 am

    Hi ramya Is there any remedy or way for kids to concentrate in schools and so writing on their own. My kid is 9,years but doesn't do writing at school. At home he copies. Hope to find any solution

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 8:12 am

      Vallarai and brahmi are both very good herbs for improving memory, give them both a try…

  3. Anonymous
    June 29, 2016 / 4:48 am

    hi mam, your blog is really awesome. with ur drastic suggestion i finally got rid off my acne.but the scar remains.i have read once about shea butter and bought it in ebay. can you tell me uses of african shea butter and how to use it effectively to remove scars especially acne scars?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 5:58 am

      I am very glad you got rid of acne. If the Shea butter you have got is unrefined, I would suggest applying it directly on the skin after washing your face and drying it, try using daily at night time…

  4. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Hi, I'm impressed with your blog and your services. I have diabetes and found your posts on insulin plant and guduchi useful. I just bought a bottle of giloy juice. I would like to know if you can supply guduchi or insulin powder. Prof. A. Subrahmanyam, Retd law professor, Guntur 09000389389

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 8:30 am

      Hi Sir, I am very glad that you find the posts very useful and I am very sorry as I don't sell any products…

  5. Unknown
    August 8, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Hello Madam, Just recently came across your website & blog in particular. Very interested to try Kalmegh powder for my Type 2 diabetic control. Is insulin plant preferred over Kalmegh powder ? I am bit confused after reading comments on both herbs. Thanks & very much appreciate your informative blogs.

  6. Raju Family Travel
    August 8, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Hello Madam, Just recently came across your website & blog in particular. Very interested to try Kalmegh powder for my Type 2 diabetic control. Is insulin plant preferred over Kalmegh powder ? I am bit confused after reading comments on both herbs. Thanks & very much appreciate your informative blogs.

  7. Raju Family Travel
    August 8, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Hello Madam, Just recently came across your website & blog in particular. Very interested to try Kalmegh powder for my Type 2 diabetic control. Is insulin plant preferred over Kalmegh powder ? I am bit confused after reading comments on both herbs. Thanks & very much appreciate your informative blogs.

  8. Raju Family Travel
    August 8, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Hello Madam, Just recently came across your website & blog in particular. Very interested to try Kalmegh powder for my Type 2 diabetic control. Is insulin plant preferred over Kalmegh powder ? I am bit confused after reading comments on both herbs. Thanks & very much appreciate your informative blogs.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 3:57 pm

      Both are very good for reducing the blood sugar levels but kalmegh reduces the sperm count and has anti fertility properties which can be reversed once it stops. On the other hand, constant use of insulin plant for long duration's especially in the wrong dosage will causes severe adverse effects…

    • ekek
      August 29, 2017 / 10:49 pm

      hi ma'am can i use it for prevention? i have that plant and it was given by madam jojie…

  9. Anonymous
    August 12, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Hi Ramya,Where to buy the insulin plant

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      You can buy insulin plant in most large nurseries. Even if they don't have it most nurseries will get it for you easily if you order through them.

    • Dietician lekha Atkar
      August 11, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Buy from nuserylive.com

  10. ritu sood
    August 14, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    My blood sugar levels have reduced tremendously after consuming insulin powder.How long shall I consume it for?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 5:24 pm

      Once your insulin levels have reached normal levels gradually reduce it. Don't overdose on insulin plant and try not to take it for long duration's….

  11. Anonymous
    August 17, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Thank you very much for information. you are suggesting to take these herbal medicine under medical supervision. to whom we contact for medical supervision? any ayurvadic or siddha doctor?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 5:25 pm

      I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic doctor…

  12. Unknown
    September 9, 2016 / 1:38 am

    Hi madam. I have bulk quantity insulin plant fresh. Where I can get dealers

  13. Sirajudheen moidu
    September 9, 2016 / 1:39 am

    Hi madam. I have bulk quantity insulin plant fresh. Where I can get dealers

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 10, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      I am sorry, I don't know any information about dealers for insulin plant…

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2016 / 10:34 am

      i want insulin plant in gujarat

  14. Anonymous
    October 1, 2016 / 10:28 am

    from where available insiulin plant

  15. Anonymous
    October 6, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Hi RamyaCan you please tell me if Costus Pictus is the same as Costus Igneus?Thanks

  16. Unknown
    October 18, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Thanks for details of insulin plant, I am daily eating 2 leaves per day to control blood sugar levels, is that sufficient?

  17. amol khot
    October 18, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Thanks for details of insulin plant, I am daily eating 2 leaves per day to control blood sugar levels, is that sufficient?

  18. alex
    November 10, 2016 / 3:32 am

    Hello Ramya Venkateshwaran . I like to buy these plant , costs igneus , or insulin plant . but I'm from California USA, How can I purchase this plant or seed to grow in my garden . Thank you . Alejandro Valencia

    • pankaj
      February 23, 2017 / 9:48 am

      it can be grown by simply cutting and placing the branch in soil

  19. Kamna Naik
    November 13, 2016 / 4:55 am

    My mom was diagnosed with diabetics few years back and she is on allopathic medicines ie Reclimet OD 60.she takes it twice a day. I have heard that insulin plant is very effective. Is it really safe? Should my mom discontinue her allopathic medicines once she starts taking insulin plant? Her fasting sugars are 150mg and post meal 300mg

  20. Unknown
    November 26, 2016 / 2:08 am

    i dont hav diabetes , if i take insulin leaf one a day , will it effect my health

  21. Malini Kalyanam
    December 10, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Hi Ramya, I do have this insulin plant with me , in fact many of them in my plant nursery in Chennai. But i did not know how it was being used. Thanks for the same .It is very informative. Be blessed Stay blessed.Best regards,

  22. Anonymous
    December 23, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Can anybody tell me where I can get the plant in Hyderabad.

  23. Priya Dharshini
    January 1, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Hi Ramya.. Really this is a great article. I just have a small doubt. Can the routine diabetes medicines be taken along with this insulin leaf? Your appropriate response would be better. Thank you! Happiiee new year to you!

  24. Priya Dharshini
    January 1, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Hi Ramya.. Really this is a great article. I just have a small doubt. Can the routine diabetes medicines be taken along with this insulin leaf? Your appropriate response would be better. Thank you! Happiiee new year to you!

  25. Yogi H
    January 3, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Hi Ramya very helpful blog will u please advise me is this safe to consume during early pregnancy.Many thanks

  26. Caroline Castillo
    January 26, 2017 / 2:52 am

    I have one of those plants and I never knew what was It for… Im going to star informing myself all about it.

  27. Unknown
    February 22, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Can any one tell me the result after the usage of Insulin Plant.

  28. Rashmi bagai
    February 27, 2017 / 6:16 am

    Madam, can this be given to a four year old child who is recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (four months back).

  29. Ajay Prasad
    April 4, 2017 / 1:24 am

    Hi Ramya mam ur blog was very useful..my question is can i use insulin leaf as a preventive medicine…

  30. Unknown
    July 21, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Hie I'm type 1 diabetic from last 1.5 years. From where can I get this plant?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      You get insulin plant in some herb nurseries in India…

  31. Unknown
    August 20, 2017 / 7:21 am

    can you tell me the toxicity that caused due to insulin plant??also can you suggest some human studies for insulin plant?

  32. Sharon Campbell
    October 10, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Hi maam i have hypo thyroid and hypertension i have been taking methtapozole and atenolol.i need to stop taking thes meds is there a natural herb i can use instead??

  33. Paps
    January 20, 2018 / 7:44 am

    So it is a leaves per day as a general dosage.

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