Calamus-वचा-Vacha-Bhadra-Acornus Calamus

Calamus-वचा-Vacha-Bhadra-Acornus Calamus

Calamus-वचा-Vacha-Bhadra-Acornus Calamus (Sweet Flag, Ugragandha, VK-P+):
It is Bitter, Pungent and Astringent. Virya is Warm-Hot, Vipaka is Pungent. Initially, in low amounts, Pacifies Vitiated Pitta, inducing a drop in Body’s Core Temperature. “Vacha” actually means to ‘The Speech Clear-Clearer’.

Bio-Chemically: It contains Phytochemicals like Alpha-Asarone, Beta-Asarone, Eugenol and so on… Β-Asarone (Essential Oil, is Sedative & present in high concentration in Calamus) has shown to be effective in Repairing Cognitive Impairment due Alzheimer’s etc. Calamus also has high percentage of D-Galacturonic Acid & large number of Volatile Oils. As per few studies Calamus interacts-stimulates Gamma Aminobutyric Acid in our brain region [supposedly our first natural defence against Stress-Anxiety-Related Disorders.

Medicinally: It is Anti-Microbial (Anti-Bacterial [Even Relieves Syphilis], Anti-Parasitical [Expels Stomach-Intestinal Worms], Anti-Fungal, Anthelmintic [Expels Parasitic Worms]), Immune-Metabolic System Booster (Blood-Plasma Purifier, Shock Patients), & has positive-useful effects on “Almost all Body-Tissues” & Digestive System (Emetic, Carminative, Laxative), Circulatory System (Decongestant), Respiratory System-Oral Health (Laryngitis, Expectorant, Hiccups, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Asthma, Anti-Stammering, Teething Issues in Children), Excretory-Reproductive System (Aphrodisiac), Neural-Bone Marrow Disorders (Nervine Tonic, Rejuvenate-Makes Mind Sharp & Intelligent, Enhances Cerebral Circulation, Coma Patients [Given as Snuff], Epilepsy, Insanity, Anti-Convulsant, Cleanses Subtle Channels, Neuralgia, Paralysis, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, A Best Mind Herb), Bone Health (Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Arthritis [Acute]), Liver & Kidney Stimulant (Diuretic, Removes Toxic effects of Marijuana from Liver & Brain)…

How may we consume Calamus-वचा-Vacha-Bhadra-Acornus Calamus?

  1. Powder,
  2. Decoction,
  3. Infusion,
  4. Extract-Juice,
  5. Calamus Essential Oil (Mostly Derived from Calamus Root),
  6. Calamus Tea: Add a Tsp or Two to ½ a glass of water, boil till water remains half, add Jaggery to taste (Minimal amount of Milk if you need to), your Calamus Tea is ready… 

Few Medicinal Benefits of Calamus-वचा-Vacha-Bhadra-Acornus Calamus:

  1. Anti-Microbial:
  • Fevers (Mild): Ayurvedic Smoking with Calamus Powder,
  • Cholera (Severe Bacterial Infection of Small Intestine, Caused due Contaminated Water, Causes or May cause Severe Diarrhoea & May even be Fatal): Add a Tsp or two to a Litre of water, Simmer-Boil till water remains 3/4th, Store & have ½ a cup of this 2-4 times a day. Do not strain the mixture & warm it before drinking every time. To cater to the increasing heating effect-heartburn if any, liberally add A2 Milk,
  1. Immune-Metabolic System Booster:
  • Fatigue-Feeling Low-Dizziness: Roast-Burn a Tsp or Two of Calamus Powder & Inhale the Smoke,
  1. Digestive System:
  • Indigestion (and/or Anorexia): Decoction with ½ Tsp Calamus Powder 2-3 Times a day,
  1. Respiratory System-Oral Health:
  • Cough-Whooping Cough: Roast few Tsps. of Calamus Powder on a Copper-Iron utensil, store the powder, take 1-3 Pinches of this Powder with a Tsp or Two of Honey Twice/Thrice a day and/or add a Tsp to Boiling Water & inhale vapours,
  • Sore Throat: Suck a small Calamus Root (It is also Sialagogue-Stimulates secretion of Saliva),
  • Asthma: Decoction with 1/3rd-½ Tsp Calamus Powder & 1/3rd Tsp Liquorice Powder 2-3 Times a day,
  • Infected Oral Cavity: Use Root Bark as Dental Powder,
  1. Bone Health:
  • Joint-Muscle Pains (Arthritis): Mix a Tsp or Two of Calamus Powder with (Melted on Hot Table-Spoon) 2-4-6 Tsp of A2-Pure Desi Cow Ghee, apply it on affected parts & let it be covered for overnight (for days-till it gets better). Do not expose the covered-aching parts to cold-fast blowing air. Cover well and let the parts sweat overnight, and/or Add drops of Calamus Essential Oil to double the amount of Castor Oil & apply on affected parts,
  1. Skin & Hair Health:
  • Wounds (and/or Ulcers): Sprinkle Calamus root Powder on affected parts and/or Use Decoction to wash wounds-ulcers,
  • Acne & Pimples: Make a Paste of Calamus & Rice Powder with A2-Desi Cow Milk, apply it in affected areas twice a day, wash it off with lukewarm water after some time,
  • General Hair Health: Make a Diluted Paste with a Tsp of Vacha Powder & 2-5 Tsp Coconut Oil, apply on Hair-Scalp, wait for some time, wash it off with Lukewarm water,
  1. Neural Disorders-Nerve Health:
  • Autism: 1/4th Tsp Calamus Root Decoction Twice a day (Other Useful Herbs for Autism would be Ginger, Gotu Kola Leaf (Brahmi), Gingko…),
  • Amnesia-Memory Loss-General Nervine Tonic: Add Pinches of Calamus Powder & a Tsp of A2-Pure desi Cow Ghee to a glass of Boiled A2 Milk before going to Sleep and/or 1/3rd Tsp each of Calamus and Brahmi Powder with a Tsp or Two of melted A2 Ghee & a Tsp or Two of Rock Candy every morning empty stomach,
  • Stammering: Add 1-3 Pinches of Calamus Powder to a Tsp of Honey & apply onto the Tongue-Oral Cavity 3-4 Times/Day and/or ½ Tsp Calamus Powder Decoction twice a day [Add a Tsp or two of Honey],
  1. Smoking Addiction: Chew-Suck a small piece of Calamus Root every time you feel a crave to smoke (It might be bit Nauseatic),
  2. Home Flies-Insects-Mosquitoes, Woollen Moths: Sprinkle at Home and/or add a Tsp or two a bucket of water for floor mopping; For Woollen Clothing Bind some Calamus powder in porous cotton cloth to be kept within “Woollen Clothing”, 

Contra-Indications: Not to be used with a bleeding nose, haemorrhoids etc. Excess use may Vitiate Pitta (Such as High BP). Otherwise, do not Take Large doses at One Single Time. Have a Break of 1-2 Weeks after you have taken The Medicine for 1.5-2 Months. Pregnant ladies to definitely avoid Calamus Essential Oil. There has been lot of hue and cry on percentage of Beta-Asarone in Calamus, we really don’t need to worry as concentration of same found in Indian Region is almost none! Anyway don’t consume more than ½ Tsp a Day.

Legal Disclaimer: The information in this article is not a Medico-Legal advice. Use it at your own risk. Although I do my best to give you accurate and useful information, you should consult an appropriate Medical Professional before Trying out any of the above Information.

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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.