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Acorus calamus


This bitter, sweet root is used to warm the stomach and dissolves phlegm.  Used in Chinese and Greek medicine, Calamus can be used topically or as a tincture.  It is used to promote expectoration, stop discharge, and opens the sinuses.  This respirations treatment also promotes urination and dissolves stones, and promotes menstruation, reduces fever, stimulates immunity and reduces infection and antidotes position.  Calamus root may also be used to reduce swelling and relieve pain, depress flatulent colic and Irritable Bowel Syndrome cramps with flatus symptoms. This root may also be used for treatment of anorexia nervosa in stressed adolescents or from chemotherapy.  Recent studies have shown it is also helpful with airway disorders for which Calamus root was used as a relaxant.


Sweet Flag, or Calamus, looks similar to an iris and grows near water and in marshes. It contains volatile oils, saponins, acorin, and mucilage. Studies show that beta-asarone, one of the volatile oils in Calamus, is carcinogenic when isolated, yet it has been used extensively in India as a whole plant with no reports of cancer from its use. Historically it has been used as an aphrodisiac, as a bitter stimulant for digestion, in fevers, colic, and stomach cramps. It was chewed for toothache and the powder inhaled for congestion. Ayurvedic medicine considers it a rejuvenator for the brain and nervous system, as well as for digestive disorders. Western Herbalism uses Sweet Flag for bloating, gas, colic, poor digestion, and headaches associated with poor digestion.


Anorexia nervosa, in stressed adolescents.

Anorexia from chemotherapy.

Flatulent colic.

Gastric colic with flatulence.

Dyspepsia with flatulence from overeating and digestive abuse.

Atonic dyspepsia.

Flatulence with inflammation.

Cancer, supportive in upper GI neoplasias.

Anorexia from cancer therapy.


Andrew Chevallier. DK Publishing. (2016). Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (3rd ed.). New York, NY. 57.


Moore, M  Herbal Tinctures in Clinical Practice.  Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.  1996.  p. 3.


Moore, M.  Specific Indications for Herbs in General Use.  Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.  1997.  p. 3.


Peter, Holmes.  The Eneergetics of Western Herbs.  1997. p 369-71.


Shah AJ, Gilani AH .Bronchodilatory effect of Acorus calamus (Linn.) is medicated through multiple pathways.  J. Ethnopharmacol.2010 Sep 15; 131(2):471-7. Epub 2010. Jul 17th. 



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