Sanskrit: Vachá (meaning: speaking)
Latin: Acornus calamus Linn.
Part Used: Rhizome
Habitat: A semiaquatic perennial cultivated in damp marshy places, or by the edge of lakes and streams in India and Burma (Myanmar)
Energetics: Pungent, bitter, astringent-hotpungent VK- P+
Tissues: Plasma, muscle, fat, marrow/nerve, reproductive Systems: Circulatory, digestive, nervous, reproductive, respiratory
Action: Antispasmodic, decongestant, emetic, expectorant, nervine, rejuvenative, stimulant
Uses: Arthritis, asthma, brain rejuvenation, cerebral circulation promoter, colds, coma (as snuff), cough, deafness, detoxifies subtle channels, emetic, epilepsy, hysteria, insanity, memory, mental sharpness, nasal congestion, and polyps (as snuff); nervous system rejuvenation, neuralgia, shock (as snuff), sinus headaches/sinusitis, transmutes sexual
energy to spiritual energy; gastritis, colic pain, laryngitis,
Váyu and Kapha rejuvenator. One of the best mind herbs. It removes the toxic effects of marijuana from the liver and brain.
External—paste applied to head for headaches and arthritic joint pain.
Powder may be sprinkled in home for removal of insects, fleas; keeps moths from woolens.
Spiritual Uses: Sattwic
Precautions: Not to be used with bleeding disorders (e.g., nosebleeds, hemorrhoids) and other Pitta conditions. Excess use may cause nausea, vomiting, rashes, and other Pitta conditions.
Preparation: Decoction, milk decoction, powder, paste