Latin Name : Acorus calamus Linn. (Araceae)
English Name : Sweet Flag, Calamus, Sweet Root
Sanskrit Names : Vacha, Sadgrantha, Ugragandha, Vayambur
Hindi Name : Bach

» Habitat
It is found growing wild and is also cultivated throughout India, ascending to an altitude of 2,200m in the Himalayas.

» Morphology Description (Habit)

A.calamus is a semi-aquatic, perennial, aromatic herb with creeping rhizomes. The rhizome is horizontal, jointed, somewhat vertically compressed and spongy within. It is pale to dark brown in colour; the leaves are grass-like or sword shaped, long and slesnder; flowers are small, yellow-green and in a spadix.

 

 

» Principal Constituents
The important constituents of Indian calamus oil are asarone and its ß-isomer. The dried rhizomes constitute the drug Calamus of commerce. The rhizomes, roots and leaves yield a light brown to brownish yellow volatile oil known as Calamus oil.

» Indications
In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, the rhizomes are considered to possess anti-spasmodic, carminative and anthelmintic properties, and, are used for the treatment of a host of diseases such as epilepsy and other mental ailments, chronic diarrhoea, dysentery, bronchial catarrh, intermittent fevers, glandular and abdominal tumours. They are also used to treat kidney and liver troubles, rheumatism and eczema.

*Note: Reference from different internet websites.

Action on Human Body Stress
Reference ·         Protective effect of Acorus calamus LINN on free radical scavengers and lipid peroxidation in discrete regions of the brain against noise stress exposed rat. Biol Pharm Bull. 2005 Dec;28(12):2327-30.  Manikandan S, Srikumar R, Jeya Parthasarathy N, Sheela Devi R..

 

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