Vacha (Acorus calamus Linn.)rhizomes synonymously called sweet flag, sweet roots are also known by the common names Golomi, Ugragandha, Vekhanda and Bach. Vachahas a special place in Ayurveda as it is a main Medhyadrug, which has the property of improving the memory power and intellect.
Poor memory, lower retention and slow recall are common problems in today’s stressful and competitive world. Age, stress, emotions are conditions that may lead to memory loss, amnesia, anxiety, high blood pressure, dementia and to more ominous threats like schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s diseases.
|Rasa (Taste)||Katu, Tikta|
|Vipak (Post-digestive effect)||Katu|
|Guna (Quality)||Light , Teekshna|
|Doshic Effect||Balance V-K|
Cold & Cough
Vacha is a subtle purificatory herb that clears the throat of mucus and opens the lungs promoting fuller respiration. Used in cases of speech impediments, stuttering, cough and cold, sinus congestion, nasal polyps. Vacha is also useful to reduce fever.
Vacha acts as a remedy for mental stagnation of all degrees. It awakens latent cerebral functions which when inactive can cause depression, grief, mental handicap, and post-stroke symptoms.
Vacha is used both internally as well as externally. In Rheumatism, Rheumatic fever and inflamed joints, the paste is applied externally which alleviates the pain and swelling.
The juice of Vacha instilled into the ear mitigates the earache and tinnitus.
The Nasya of Vacha is salutary in headache, heaviness of head due to Kapha, unconsciousness, epilepsy and hysteria.
Vacha siddha ghrita is an excellent nervine tonic for children which improves memory, reception as well as the speech. In slow learning children, Vacha powder in small amounts is recommended with honey for long duration with great benefit.
It works well in digestive ailments like flatulence, loss of appetite, distaste, abdominal dull pain and worms.
In higher dosage, it induces vomiting. The fresh lemon juice and fennel is an antidote for the emetic effects of Vacha.
Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor).
Part Used: Rhizome
Vacha Churna - 1-2 pinch twice a day
Vacha might cause sleepiness and drowsiness.
Avoid during - Pregnancy and lactation,
Taking vacha during pregnancy should be strictly avoided. The contracting effect of this herb on the uterus could risk the life of the child and the mother during the pregnancy.