Essential oils extracted from the root have been used in traditional medicine and in perfumes since ancient times.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the root is one of the 50 fundamental herbs. It forms a main ingredient in the Chinese pastille rods known as joss sticks. It is also used as incense

Latine name:

Saussurea lappa, syn. Aucklandia lappa

Tibet name:


Parts used:


Costus - Saussurea lappa

Northern Himalayas at a height of 2500 to 4000 m above mean sea level.

Immunomodulatory activity – protective effect on intestinal epithelial cells
Anti-inflammatory activity
Anti-fungal activity
Anti-helmintic activity – shows to be effective against nematodes and cestodes
Anti-bacterial activity – inhibits H.pylori, S.mutans, Shigella, MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E.coli, Klebsiella pneumonia
Anti-viral activity – active against HBV

Anti-ulcer activity – increases endogenous motilin release, mucus discharge and accelerates gastric emptying; increases defensive factors by improvement in gastric cytoprotection
Gastroprotective effect
Anti-diabetic activity – hypoglycaemic effect
Anti-diarrheal activity
Anti-atopic properties

Hepatoprotective effect
Hypolipidaemic effect – reduces serum cholesterol and triglycerides
Cardioprotective effect – improve lipid profile, coronary circulation and myocardial functions
Anti-oxidant activity – protects against oxidative stress; have ability to scavenge free radicals
Mild thrombolytic activity
Anti-convulsant activity
Spasmolytic activity – shown to cause relaxation of smooth muscles
Bronchodilatory activity

Anti-cancer properties – has potential activity against prostate and breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, lung cancer, leukemia, gastric, bladder and ovarian cancer. It shows to exert cytotoxic effects against neuroblastoma cells via inducing apoptosis and anti-metastatic effects vie inhibition of migration and invasion

Rejuvenation action:
Balances Wind and blood disorders
Balances blood pressure
Supports nervous system
Strengthens and protects liver

Gastrointestinal system:
Improves digestion
Improves metabolism
Stimulates motility of gastrointestinal tract
Stops diarrhea and vomiting
Heals ulcers
Pacifies inflammatory bowel disease
Relieves meteorism and abdominal distension
Relieves gastrointestinal spasms
Clears worms

Immune system and detoxification:
Lowers fever
Relieves cough, chest congestion and lung inflammation
Relieves asthma
Strengthens the lungs
Has bronchodilatory action
Relieves headache
Clears chronic skin diseases
Supports joints
Relieves itching
Has anti-inflammatory action
Purifies body from toxins
Clears cholesterol and fat
Relieves pain

Used in Our Products

Daknang 2-Herball Synergy Power

Daknang 2 Herbal Synergy Power

Herbal food supplement. Stress relieving & mind calming. Tranquility.
DAKNANG-6 Costus Power

Daknang 6 Costus Power

Herbal liquid extract. Against stomach aches. Promotes healthy digestion.

Daknang 8 Myrobalan Formula

Daily vitamin. Helps to compensate and balance nutritional deficiency.

Daknang 10 Daily Detox Formula

Maintaining a healthy balance and harmony of body’s vital organs and energy systems.