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Acorus General Information
Where and How This Herb Grows
Cultural Symbolism
Acorus Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Acorus Dosage Information
Acorus Safety & Interaction Information

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Acorus General Information
This herb has many names, the reason being is because this plant is grown all over the world. The names that are the most abundant are as follows:

  • Acorus
  • Acorus gramineus
  • Acorus calamus
  • Shi chang pu
  • Chang pu
  • Gramineus
  • Sweet Flag Rhizome
  • American Sweet Flag
  • Common Sweet Flag
  • Japanese Sweet Flag
  • Grassy-leaved Sweet Flag
Sweet flag has long been known for its medicinal value, and has been cultivated in Asia for this reason. Acorus is a rather remarkable plant for a number of reasons, one of them being; up until recently it has always been thought that this plant was part of a larger and more complicated Monocot family. Thare are 50,000 species of Monocots i.e.: Lilies, Orchids, Palms, Irises, Grasses, just to name a few. Upon investigation of its branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of plants (called Morphology) and its DNA sequences, it now appears that Acorus may represent an early stage in the evolution of Monocots.

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Where and How This Herb Grows
This plant/herb is one of the most tough, hardy, fibrous, gristly, plants around. Acorus gramineus is a perennial that can be grown in a container, a bog, or as a groundcover, it also survives drought conditions. They can really take the abuse and grow even if they dry out in containers. Its grass like evergreen foliage makes it an excellent accent in a mixed border. It has small, inconspicuous flowers ranging from white to lavender, but the foliage is sweet flag's crowing glory. It can grow to a height of approximately seven feet, and its roots can grow just as long. This plant is often found in perpetually wet areas, such as the edges of streams, ponds and lakes, and near waterfalls. Acorus calamus is now found across Europe, in southern Russia, northern Asia Minor, southern Siberia, China, Japan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and northern USA.

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Cultural Symbolism
The calamus has long been a symbol of male love. The name is associated with a greek myth: Kalamos, a son of the river-god Meander, who loves Kalamos, the son of Zephyrs and Chloris. When Karpos drowned, Kalamos was transformed into a reed, whose rustling in the wind was interpreted as a sigh of lamentation. The plant was a favorite of Henry David Thoreau (who called it Sweet Flag), and also of Walt Whitman, who added a section called The Calamus Poems,celebrating the love of men, to the third edition of Leaves of Grass (1860). In the poems the calamus is used as a symbol of love, lust, and affection. It has been suggested that the symbology derives from the visual resemblance of the reed to the erect human penis. (see picture above, this grows on the leaves of the plant)

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Acorus Uses & Scientific Evidence For
The Pharmaceutical name of this herb is Rhizoma Acori gramini and the Botanical name is Acorus calamus var angustatus/Acorus gramineus. In ancient Chinese medicine, the root's warm pungent properties made it useful in treatin ailments of the heart, stomach, liver and spleen. It was also used for the treatment of mental disorders. Acorus is an antioxidant that has special effects on the central nervous system. It also has anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and sedative properties. Acorus is also a Japansese relative to the North American variety of calamus. The today Acorus is used to treat constipation and reduce swelling. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to cure fevers and treat asthma and bronchitis. The people of Thailand use it for the relief of stomachache. The Chinese use it for vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and dysentery. In recent years, the Chinese have also been using this herb for delirium, epilepsy, coronary diseases, angina, arrhythmia, stroke, vertigo, ringing in the ears, atrophic gastritis, external injury of the brain, mentally handicapped/disabled with great success. This plant helps eliminate phlegm and works well in treating chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Acorus relaxes the mind and works well in treating amnesia, heart palpitations, insomnia and tinnitus. This plant is helpful for lessening the symptoms of drug withdrawal, particularly cocaine, heroin, and morphine. Due to its sedative properties, it also helps in treating seizure disorders.

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Acorus Dosage Information
Acorus can come in various forms and can be an ingredient in other products. The standard dose of Acorus root is 3-9 grams, usually taken in the form of a decoction. Externally, an extract of 250-500 mg in a hot bath can be used to soothe and relax the body. For most formulations, it is best to read and follow product label directions, or ask a qualified herbalist for the dosage that is best for the treatment of your condition. Acorus is also used with schizandra and zizyphus.

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Acorus Safety & Interaction Information
There are no known side-effects or drug interactions with Acorus root when taken in the recommended doses; however, it should not be consumed for long periods of time as animal research has shown it can produce tumors in mice. Acorus is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is legal in the United States, but it is restricted in Canada. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. If you are taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter), it is best to consult with your physician before using this herb for the treatment of your condition.

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