Costus / Crepe ginger

Costus / Crepe ginger

Plants Identity

Scientific Name

Cheilocostus speciosus (J. König) C.D. Specht

Arabic name(s)


English name(s)

Costus / Crepe ginger






Cheilocostus C.D.Specht


Cheilocostus speciosus (J. König) C.D. Specht



Growth form

Kust root is a tropical perennial herb.

Plant’s Description

Ecology (Habitat)& distribution

The species is indigenous to Southeast Asia. It has been introduced and naturalized elsewhere in tropical regions and cultivated in subtropical regions. Saussurea costus (Falc.) Lipsch. is another medicinal Costus herb from the Asteraceae family. It grows on the moist slopes in the Northwestern Himalayan region.

Geographic distribution

Plant’s Citations in the Holy Qur’an

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Other Citations for the plant in the Holy Qur’an

Other Citations for the plant in the Hadith

Narrated by Anas; that he was asked about the wages of the one who cups others. He said, ‘Allah’s Apostle was cupped by Abd Taiba, to whom he gave two Sa of food and interceded for him with his masters who consequently reduced what they used to charge him daily. Then the Prophet s said, “The best medicines you may treat yourselves with are cupping and marine Costus.’ He added, “You should not torture your children by treating tonsillitis by pressing the tonsils or the palate with the finger, but use costus.” Sahih Al Bukhari, book of medicine.

Other Citations for the plant in the Hadith

History of the Plant

Stories about the plant in Holy Qur’an

Stories about the plant in Sunnah

The plant in the Arabic Literature


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