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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Vachha  
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English: Calamus  
Botanical: Acorus calamus  
Hindi: Vasaka  
Telugu: Vasa  
Common names:  Calamus, Vacha, Bach, Vasambu, Baje, Vayambu, Vasa, Agri-turki  
Family name: Aroideae, Araceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Dried rhizome

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Bitter and spice.
  • Veerya: Ushna veerya.

4. Uses:

  • It is recommended for epilepsy.
  • It is a good remedy for inflammatory swellings.
  • The powder of vasa heals the wounds.
  • This is a good remedy for angina [severe sore throat],arthritis, asthma and diarrhea.
  • It also helps to cure gum diseases, colic pain, dyspepsia cough and deafness
    Deafness, dyspepsia, gastritis.
  • Good remedy for hysteria, insanity, laryngitis, loss of appetite and nasal congestion,
    Neuralgia, rheumatism, shock, sinus headaches, sinusitis, ulcers.
  • The nature of this herb as follows: aromatic, stimulant, carminative, diuretic, astringent, anthelmintic, mild laxative and aphrodisiac.
  • It helps the patient to recover from habitual constipation, flatulence and paralytic and nervous affections.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Ugragandha: With pungent smell.
  • Deerga patraka: With long leaves.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Smriti sagari: Develops memory power.

7. Reference:

Anubhoota,Vaidya manorama, Vasthu guna deepika,Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basavarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli

8. Caution:

Heavy dosage may cause vomiting.

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