Vacha - an excellent herb for brain health!

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.

Herb - Vacha

Ayurvedic Action

Rasa (Taste)Katu, Tikta
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Light , Teekshna
Doshic EffectBalance V-K 

Health Benefits

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.

Mental health

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.

Ear Pain

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.

Digestive Health

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.



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