Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch.

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch. is aslo known as Aplotaxis lappa Dcne., Aucklandia costus Falc., belongs to Compositae, family.
The Arabic Name for this herb is Qust-Hindi.
The English Names for this herb are Arabian Costus, Costus.
The Urdu Names for this herb are Koth, Kuth, Qust, Qust Shirin.

Pharmacological Actions


  • Absorbent
  • Alterative
  • Analgesic
  • Anthelmintic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anti-asthmatic
  • Anti-bilious
  • Anti-cholera
  • Anti-dropsical
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-leprotic
  • Anti-malarial
  • Anti-pyretic
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-tussive
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Aromatic
  • Astringent
  • Brain Tonic
  • Bronchodilator
  • Cardiotonic
  • Carminative
  • Deobstruent
  • Desiccative
  • Detersive
  • Diuretic
  • Emmenagogue
  • Expectorant
  • Febrifuge
  • Hair Tonic
  • Hepatic Tonic
  • Insecticide
  • Lithontriptic
  • Narcotic
  • Ophthalmic Tonic
  • Resolvent
  • Sedative
  • Stimulant
  • Stomachic
  • Tonic
  • Uterine Analgesic

  • Indications

    The Indications of Root of Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch. are Cough, Fever, Bronchitis, Flatulence, General Weakness, Gout, Vitiligo, Chorea, Nervous Disorder, Phlegmatic Disorders, Cholera, Intermittent Fever, Chronic Rheumatism, Prurigo, Skin Diseases, Paralysis, Diphtheria, Persistent Hiccough, Freckles, Tumours, Cephalgia, Dyspepsia, Asthma, Sciatica, Dropsy, Wounds, Amenorrhoea, Ulcers, Rheumatism, Leprosy, Leucoderma, Inflammations, Facial Paralysis, Headache, Malaria, Arthritis, Chest Pain, Intestinal Worms, Stomach Weakness, Muscular Weakness, Sexual Weakness, Splenomegaly, Urine Retention, Deafness.

    No Contra Indication information is available for Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch..


    The Temperament of Root of Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch. is 3rd order, warm and dry.

    Available Brands

    BrandManufacturer/Mnf. Representative
    JAWARISH JALINOOS (Kaseer-ul-Fawaid)Hamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    Majoon Dabeed-ul-WardAshraf laboratories (Pvt) Ltd.
    MAJUN DABEED-UL- WARDHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan
    MAJUN SURANJANHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan

    Compound Preparations

    Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch. is used in the preparation of Anqaruya-i-Kabir, Dawaul Misk, Halwa-i-Ghaikwar, Jawarish Jalinus, Lubub Al-Asrar, Ma'jun Baladur, Ma'jun Dabeedul ward, Ma'jun Khadar, Ma'jun Mobahee Antaki, Ma'jun Murrawehul-Arwah, Ma'jun Talkh, Roghan Qust, Sunun Kalan, Tiryaq Samania compounds.


    Root2.000g - 3.000gN/A

    Herb's Description

    Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch.. An erect robust perennial herb 1-2 m, stem stout, fibrous, radical leaves with long lobately winged stalk, u.pto c. 1 m long; flower heads stalkless, very hard, rounded, 3-5 cm in diam; flowers dark blue-purple or almost black, in axillary and terminal clusters; achene c. 3 mm long, curved, compressed11731. Root stout, often 7-15 cm long; 1-5.5 cm wide. Roots are fusiform, conical and tapering, collapse in the centre, thin roots cylindrical, fresh roots dirty grey to light yellow, dried are brown or dull-red.

    Taste Odor & Occurrence

    Occurence: It occurs in Europe, Himalayas, Kashmir, North Africa, West Asia.
    Odor: The odor of Root of Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch. is Aromatic
    Root: Bitter,Sweet


    No information regarding Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch.'s substitute is currently available.

    Active Constituents

    Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch.'s Active constituents:


    No information regarding Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch.'s antidot is currently available.

    Warning & Precautions

    When taken in large doses it may produce irritation and a feeling of discomfort in the abdomen.Large doses of the extract may produce giddiness,headache and drowsiness, may also produce harmful effect on urinary bladder and lung functions.Inhalation of smoke of the powdered drug may produce a marked depression of the nervous system.


    Currently no Toxicity information is available for Saussurea lappa (Dcne.) Sch.. (work in progress)