AWARENESS ABOUT MEDICINAL USES OF COSTUS PICTUS PLANT AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS
Saivarshine, Dhanraj Ganapathy, Keerthi Sasan
Costus igneus typically known as searing costus is native to South America ordinarily known as the insulin plant. It is typically grown in gardens mostly as a decorative herb in South India and is further out of control in other areas. It is used in India to combat hyperglycaemia and many other diseases.This survey was performed with purpose of assessing the knowledge and the awareness about the Costus pictus medicinal plant amongst dental students.A cross sectional survey was performed with a self-administered questionnaire with ten questions circulated among 100 dental students. The questionnaire assessed the awareness about Costus pictus plant,their medicinal uses,antidiabetic activity,antioxidant and antimicrobial activity.The responses were recorded and analysed.93% of the respondents were not aware of medical uses of Costus pictus .95% were not aware of antidiabetic activity of Costus pictus .97 % were not aware of the anti oxidant activity of Costus pictus.Again 97% were not aware of anti microbial activity of Costus pictus. The knowledge and awareness about the medicinal Costus plant was less among dental students and awareness was created about its medicinal uses.