Insulin plant, also known as Kostum, is known for its use in reducing blood sugar level. The plant grows up to a height of 3 feet. It bears large fleshy leaves which are green on the upper side and light purple on the lower side. It bears orange red flowers that have ornamental value. It grows easily in places with a little shade and propagates by rhizomes or stem cuttings. It is a native of South East Asia. It is cultivated in many Indian states, especially Kerala.
Medical benefits: The leaves of Insulin plant are used to reduce blood sugar level. They help increase the level of insulin.
Method of administration: Chew 2 leaves twice a day in morning and evening for a week, followed by 1 leaf twice a day for a month. Dried leaves in powdered form are also available in markets. Use as directed by the, medical professional.
The rhizome of Insulin plant is used for respiratory problems such as asthma, cough, bronchitis, cold and congestion. It also helps counter intestinal worms and treat fever caused by infection.
Contraindications: Diabetics should monitor their sugar level regularly. Leaves should be chewed properly before swallowing. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]