Daily Dose of Acorus Calamus: 3g
Acorus Calamus, also known as Sweet Flag or just Calamus, is a plant native to Asia and India. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Indian Medicine (Ayurveda) as a medicinal herb for its cognitive properties. It is a greatly valued herb in Ayurveda and its aroma was used to stimulate and rejuvenate the brain and nervous system. Acorus Calamus improves circulation to the brain, improving memory and sharpening awareness. Botanist M. Daniel from the M.S. University of Baroda says that Acorus Calamus can also be used to treat mental disorders. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Calamus has been used in similar ways but it was also used to treat digestive problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
The root of Acorus Calamus has a strong and fragrant essential oil where most of its active ingredients are found. This root has sedative, anodyne, stimulant, hallucinogenic, hypotensive, and even expectorant properties. The root is used to make a type of tea that can soothe a sore throat, as well as treat bronchitis and sinusitis. Due to the presence of alpha-asarone or beta-asarone in the root, chewing it can cause visual hallucinations. On the other hand, chewing the root has also been used to fight tobacco addition. The active ingredients in the root kill the desire for tobacco over time.
Acorus Calamus should not be taken internally without the supervision of a qualified expert. The FDA banned Calamus oil as a food additives and medicine. The essential oil contains aserone which is highly toxic if taken in high doses. European varieties of Calamus have lower concentrations of aserone compared to varieties of Calamus from India, though it is still not recommended to take Calamus continuously for more than a month.
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