Cheilocostus speciosus medicinal uses
Cheilocostus speciosus Costus spicatus, Costus spp., Costus guanaiensis var. macro strobilus, Costus pulvurulentus, Bitter reed, Cimarron reed, Calculate, Cost of Arabia, Sour cane, Holy cane, Mandela, Lemongrass, Lemon weed. It is raised in the centre and south of the American continent. Of the family of the Zingiberáceas, it abounds in the whole protected area with presence of at least 2 species. One of the species reaches up to about 2 meters and something more, high. Its leaves are slightly oval, large, 10 to 30 cm in length. Some of these species produce a blooming with bracts between which appear the white or yellow flowers. It has a substance called transgenic, which is a steroidal hormone carrier. They are cultivated as ornamental and their stems are used in folk medicine for problems in the kidneys. In the territory of Pena’s Blanca’s we have at least 2 confirmed species, spicatus and purulent.
1: To increase the production of urine and the elimination of waste substances, a decoction of 4 leaves and a piece of root of about 10 cm in 1 litre of water is made. It develops an interesting anti-inflammatory action on the urinary organs. It is recommended for use in cases of nephritis, urinary stones and inflammation of the bladder (cystitis).
2: To increase menstruation when it is scarce and to remove waste substances, a decoction of 4 leaves and a piece of root of about 10 cm in 1 litre of water is also made.
3: To calm menstrual pain (dysmenorrhoea), decoction of 4 leaves and a piece of root about 10 cm, and 4 poppy flowers in 1 litre of water. Take during the days of menstruation.
4: In cases of urinary incontinence 6 leaves and 2 pieces of stem of about 10 cm each cooked in 1 litre of water, per day are used. For children it is the fourth or half the dose, for a week.
5: For the urinary infections, a decoction of 4 leaves and a piece of root of about 10 cm in 1 litre of water is made. It is taken every day for a week. Take a piece of stem 1 m long, wash, crush, add 1 litre of boiling water, let it stand and drink each day for a week.
It is found in the primary forest and recovery areas, even in areas where the vegetation is grouped, especially in slightly moist areas.