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Scientific name: Arthrostemma ciliatum

Family: Melastomataceae

Origin: Tropical America

Medicinal use: The main uses of this plant in traditional Mexican medicine are: to treat diabetes, urinary problems, venereal diseases (gonorrhea), as a diuretic and against kidney cancer. The tender stems are edible. Several species belonging to the genus Costus are used as food, paper or medicine in various tropical regions of America, Asia and Africa.

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