Vacha is a semi-aquatic perennial and thrives in wet, damp marshland. Vacha literally means ‘speech’. It is a good nervous system tonic
Benefits of Vacha: Asthma, arthritis, colds, cough, epilepsy, hysteria, insanity, memory, nasal congestion, neuralgia, sinusitis, gastritis, colic pain, laryngitis, brain rejuvenator, improves concentration, clarity and speech, helps to reduce obesity, urinary gravel and infections.
Action: Carminative, cephalic, nervous stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, anthelmintic, laxative.
Scientific name: Acornus calamus.
Useful part: Rhizome.
Dosage: 1–5g per day dried root.
Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, astringent
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Guna (quality): Dry, light, penetrating
Dosa effect: VK−, P+
Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, muscle,fat, nerve, reproductive
Srotas (channel): Nervous, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Vachaa, Ugragandhaa,Ugraa, Golomi, Shadgranthaa,Shataparvaa,Tikshnagandhaa,Kshudra-patra, Maangalyaa, Ghorbach.
English: Sweet Flag, Calamus.