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CALAMUS
Sweet Flag, Sweet Rush

(Acorus Calamus)


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  • Calamus Description
  • Calamus Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Calamus Dosage Information
  • Calamus Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Calamus Supplements & Products




  • calamus reeds


    CALAMUS HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    A LONG HISTORY OF MEDICINAL PURPOSES

    Calamus (Acorus calamus) is also known as Sweet Flag, Flag Root, Cinnamon Sedge, Sweet Myrtle, Acorus, Sweet Calomel, Vacha, Bacc, Sweet Cane, Sweet Grass, Sweet Root, and Sweet Rush.

    Since biblical times Calamus has been used for medicinal purposes. The sharp-edged calamus is a perennial semi-aquatic plant that grows in marshes and on muddy banks of streams. Calamus root was discussed in the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica. This revered Chinese herbal text was written anonymously during the Han dynasty in the second or third century BC, with the knowledge attributed to the legendary figure Shennong who lived about 2500 years earlier. If Shennong did indeed use calamus root, he did so hundreds of years before its first known medicinal use.

    It has an aromatic rhizome and was used in the sacred incenses of ancient Egyptians, and was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Dioscorides believed smoking the plant through a funnel relieved coughs. During medieval times churches and houses used the aromatic leaves of this herb as an air-freshener and insecticide. It has also been used as a remedy for various sorts of digestive upsets and colic, especially in children. Many North American Indians used the rhizome to help them communicate with the spirit world, and the Pawnee have a number of songs eulogizing this herb. Walt Whitman wrote 39 poems for calamus in his famous work Leaves of Grass.

    It was also used as an attractant for muskrats, who voraciously ate the root, even collecting it for future consumption in their nests. Native Americans planted it on the edge of villages so they could trap the muskrats when they came for the root.

    calamus plant and root


    Both the leaves and rhizome contain asarones, which are properties that produce mescaline-like hallucinogenic actions. The asarones are also carcinogenic.

    Scientific investigations have shown that there are actually four different drug types of Calamus, each originating from a different variety of Acorus calamus growing in different geographical areas of the world. Drug type I is found in North America and its oil is isoasarone free. Drug type II is produced in western Europe from plants originating in eastern Europe. Its volatile oil usually contains less than 10-perrcent isoasarone. Drug types III and IV are varieties whose volatile oils may contain as much as 96-percent cis-isoasarone. The American variety in this section is the Drug Type I and although the absolute safety of Type I Calamus has yet to be proven by extensive clinical tests, it is at least free of the carcinogenic isoasarone which renders the other drug types unsuitable for medicinal use.





    calamus root


    CALAMUS USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Today Calamus is used for the relief from headaches and toothaches. This herb helps ward off exhaustion and fatigue, and can help prevent a hangover. Calamus is sometimes used to quell a cough. An infusion of the rhizome can help with fevers and dyspepsia. Chewing the rhizome will ease digestion and clear the voice. It can be used to cleanse and disinfect the teeth. This plant works well for digestive problems such as gas, bloating, colic, and poor digestive function.

    Though there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, Calamus root has also been used in the treatment and cure of diabetes, when Western medicine has failed to be of use. The Chinese use it for constipation and in India it is used to reduce fever, calm asthma and bronchitis, and is used as a sedative. In Ayurvedic medicine, Calamus is used as a "rejuvenator" for the brain and nervous system, as a remedy for digestive disorders, and in the treatment of schizophrenia specifically, Ayurvedic practitioners use Sweet Flag to restore tranquillity to the mind (Bhagwan Dash).





    calamus flower stalk


    CALAMUS DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Calamus comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    Constituents: Bitters, asarone, calamene and related chemicals, eugenol and related chemicals.
    Parts Used: The rhizome, dried and chopped or ground.
    Typical Preparations: Traditionally used as a tea.

    The varieties of calamus available in the United States and Canada are best used as bath additives, gargles, lotions, or washes, unless they are used in combination with other herbs in Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine. Seldom found as a capsule or extract.

    To use an infusion, take 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink a cup a half an hour before meals.

    For using a tincture, take 2 to 4 ml, 3 times a day.

    In treating gassy colic Calamus works well with Ginger and Wild Yam> For other digestive complaints, it works well in combined with Meadowsweet and Marshmallow.

    Due to this herbs strong actions, it is important read and follow product label directions exactly or ask a qualified herbalist or health care practitioner the dosage for the treatment of your condition.





    calamus flowers


    CALAMUS SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    Calamus has been banned by the FDA as a food additive due to the fact that massive doses given to lab rats over extended time periods has proven to be carcinogenic.

    Although global cultures have for a great many centuries associated consumption of calamus with long life and good health, the FDA strictly prohibits the use of calamus in food products. In using Calamus to treat children, it is best to do so under the supervision of a health care practitioner.

    Do not use this herb if you are pregnant or nursing, of suffer from severe liver or kidney disease. If you are taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter), it is best to consult with your health care practitioner before using this herb for the treatment of your condition.

    Precautions: Not for internal use.





    CALAMUS HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

  • Calamus Essential Oil Products

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  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS


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    CALAMUS ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS

    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Calamus Root Essential Oil, 1/3 fl. oz.
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    TakeHerb: Calamus Root Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1/3 fl. oz.


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  • Aromatherapy: Calamus Essential Oil Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Calamus (Sweet Flag) Herbal Information



  • CALAMUS HERBAL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Calamus Root (Acorus Calamus), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
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    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Calamus Root, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, 4 oz.
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    Starwest Botanicals: Calamus Root Powder, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.
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    Starwest Botanicals: Calamus Root Essential Oil, 1/3 fl. oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Calamus Root Essential Oil, 4 fl. oz.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Sinus Ez, Komal Herbals AyurBest 15 ml
    This is a time tested formula with herbs that have been used for supporting the upper respiratory system. Cedrus deodara, Acorus calamus, Moringa pterugesperma and Saussurea lappa have a combined effect that supports the natural inflammation response while keeping the area sanitary and free of discomfort. The minerals enhance drainage of the sinus cavities. Honey is a cooling natural moisturizer that protects and soothes the nasal tissues. Sesame oil, also a moisturizer, is used as the base because it allows the formula to be easily absorbed for quicker relief. This formula is prepared according to Ayurvedic traditions. The ingredients are mixed in precise proportions in order to create a synergy that optimizes the collective benefits of all the herbs.


    TAKEHERB PRODUCTS

    TakeHerb: Calamus Draco (Xue Jie), MinTong, 100 Grams
    TakeHerb: Calamus Root (Acorus calamus), Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz.
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    KALYX PRODUCTS

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    Kalyx: Calamus Root Extract (Acorus calamus), Health & Herbs, 32 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Calamus Root Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1 Gallon: C
    Kalyx: Calamus Root Powder (Acorus calamus), Vadik Herbs, 100 VCaps: B
    Kalyx: Calamus Rhizome (Acorus gramineus), Granules, Sun Ten Pharmaceuticals, 100 Grams (3.5 oz.): V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Calamus Rhizome (Acorus gramineus), 5:1 Extract Powdered, Plum Flower Brand, 100 Grams (3.5 oz.): V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Calamus Root (Acorus calamus), Cut & Sifted, Frontier Bulk Herbs, 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Calamus Root (Acorus calamus), Cut & Sifted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Calamus Root (Acorus calamus), Cut & Sifted, Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Calamus Root Powder (Acorus calamus), Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Calamus Root Powder, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Calamus Draco, Resins (Xue Jie, Dragons Blood), Cut & Sifted, NuHerbs, 1 lb: TC
    Kalyx: Calamus Rhizome (Acorus gramineus), Whole, Plum Flower Brand, 500 Grams (1.17 lbs.): V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Calamus Rhizome (Acorus gramineus), Powdered, Plum Flower Brand, 500 Grams (1.17 lbs.): V (Special Order)
    Kalyx: Calamus Root Powder (Acorus calamus), Wildcrafted, Vadik Herbs, 25 kg (55 lbs.): B
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    Amazon: Calamus Root, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    Amazon: Calamus Liquid Extract, Organic Tincture, HawaiiPharm, 2 fl. oz.



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