Botanical Name: ACORUS CALAMUS
Sanskrit Name: Vacha
Family Name: ARACEAE
Latin Name: : Acorus calamus- Radix
Vernacular names: Sanskrit - Vacha; Hindi - Bach; English - Sweet Flag; Unani - Buch; Tamil - Vasamber; Persian - Agar turki; Japanese - Shobu; Chinese - Shui chang; German - Kalmus
Constituents: Essential oil- acorin, calamine, acoretin, asarone.1
This acrid root is also used in developmental problems in children and where there maybe speech difficulty post stroke. It encourages the flow of udana and pranavayu. By nourishing sadhaka pitta it specifically strengthens the ability of the mind to receive information and recall from memory. It ctually scrapes mental ama and stagnation from the subtle channels of the mind.2
GIT: Calms the nerves in the GIT, prevents fermentation and clears excess kapha from the intestines; dyspepsia, flatulence, borborygmus. Vacha regulates samana vayu and kledaka kapha. High doses can cause vomiting.
LUNGS: Clears damp, wet coughs from the lungs. This is also connected with its affinity for the throat- it clears 'obstructions' from the throat. Excellent remedy for sinus congestion, nasal polyps and rhinitis from kapha aggravation.3
URINE: Used traditionally for urinary gravel and infections by removing the kapha deposits.
Contraindications: Not in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Use for one month on and then have one month off.