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Sanskrit Name - Vacha
Botanical Name - Acorus calamus
Family - Araceae
Common Names - Ugragandha, Shadgrantha, Golomi, Vekhand, Vaj, Dhodavaj, Varcha, Varaj, Kini Kathi, Vaya, Vas, Vasambu, Baje Gida, Bavambu, agre turki, Karunak, Sweet Flag
- Constituents: cineole,alpha-pinene, alpha-terpineol, azulene, beta-asarone, camphene, camphor, choline, delta-cadinene, elemicin, ethanol, eugenol, galangin , limonene, magnesium , menthol, terpenes, tannin, zinc
Sweet flag, or calamus has been used since ancient times, however modern misuse of the rootOil has given riseto concerns over its use. Traditionally calamus was used for its effects on the digestive system and the lungs. This herb eliminates phlegm, clears congestion, and tranquilizes the mind. Traditional uses include :amnesia, heart palpitations,insomnia, tinnitus, chronic bronchitis, and bronchial asthma.
The rootOil is strong and fragrant, its taste warm, bitterish, pungent and aromatic. Its active principles are taken up by boiling water. It is a thick, pale yellow liquid, and has a high toxicity(see cautions.)
In Europe calamus is used as a digestive aid, helping to counter acidity and ease heartburn and dyspepsia. The root is also chewed to help toothache and to help stop smoking. Acorus can blunt gastric upset during the acute phase of drug withdrawal.