Calamus is also known by its common name Sweet flag is a perennial herb which spreads with the help of creeping rhizomes which are aromatic and sprout large leafy spathes. It also bears flowers and fruits. The roots and the rhizomes are dried and are much valued for its medicinal properties. The root stock of the plant contains bitter and aromatic oil.
Calamus exerts its maximum effect on the nervine tissues. Calamus helps to maintain the health of the brain and helps it to recover from shocks and other damages. It also reduces the severity of strokes and atrophy caused due to deficient blood supply to the brain. Other benefit includes relief from neuralgia. Calamus oil relaxes the blood vessels and reduces pressure on the cranial nerves. Calamus oil is also used as a counter irritant to treat headache and vertigo. It can also be used as a soothing liniment for the back pain.
Calamus extracts has been used as a liniment for treating pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and rheumatic pain. Calamus extracts also contain anti spasmodic ingredients which gives relief from colicky and smooth muscle pain. The asarone, sesquiterpene alcohols, and sesquiterpene are potent microbicidal and can help to fight pathogens externally and internally. Calamus extracts have a role to play in the neural health. It helps proper working of circulatory system and helps the blood and oxygen to reach every portion of the body.
In the west Calamus extracts are used as a remedy for digestive disorders and is very effective in reducing the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It can also help to reduce the withdrawal symptoms of certain drug overuse. Calamus contains an ingredient which is known as Acorus and is believed to be a very potent anti-oxidant.
Calamus extracts has been in use for intestinal ailments. Calamus regularizes the motility functions of the intestine. It has excellent expectorant action. The herb helps to eliminate sputum by liquefying the mucus and reducing the viscosity of the phlegm. It is also beneficial in chronic bronchitis and whooping cough.The dried rhizomes are used as a medicinal herb. The essential oil of the Calamus contains many ingredients which include –
- Sesquiterpene alcohols
Leaves have an excess of oxalic acid and calcium.
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