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Calamus General Information
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Calamus General Information
Since biblical times Calamus has been used for medicinal purposes. It has an aromatic rhizome and was used in the sacred incenses of ancient Egyptians, and was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Dioscorides believed smoking the plant through a funnel relieved coughs. During medieval times churches and houses used the aromatic leaves of this herb as an air-freshener and insecticide. It has also been used as a remedy for various sorts of digestive upsets and colic, especially in children. Many North American Indians used the rhizome to help them communicate with the spirit world, and the Pawnee have a number of songs eulogizing this herb. Both the leaves and rhizome contain asarones, which are properties that produce mescaline-like hallucinogenic actions. The asarones are also carcinogenic. Scientific investigations have shown that there are actually four different drug types of Calamus, each originating from a different variety of Acorus calamus growing in different geographical areas of the world. Drug type I is found in North America and its oil is isoasarone free. Drug type II is produced in western Europe from plants originating in eastern Europe. Its volatile oil usually contains less than 10% isoasarone. Drug types III and IV are varieties whose volatile oils may contain as much as 96% cis-isoasarone. The American variety in this section is the Drug type I and although the absolute safety of type I Calamus has yet to be proven by extensive clinical tests, it is at least free of the carcinogenic isoasarone which renders the other drug types unsuitable for medicinal use.

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Calamus Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Today Calamus is used for the relief from headaches and toothaches. This herb helps ward off exhaustion and fatigue, and can help prevent a hangover. Calamus is sometimes used to quell a cough. An infusion of the rhizome can help with fevers and dyspepsia. Chewing the rhizome will ease digestion and clear the voice. It can be used to cleanse and disinfect the teeth. This plant works well for digestive problems such as gas, bloating, colic, and poor digestive function. Though there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, Calamus root has also been used in the treatment and cure of diabetes, when Western medicine has failed to be of use. The Chinese use it for constipation and in India it is used to reduce fever, calm asthma and bronchitis, and is used as a sedative. In Ayurvedic medicine, Calamus is used as a "rejuvenator" for the brain and nervous system, as a remedy for digestive disorders, and in the treatment of schizophrenia specifically, Ayurvedic physicians use Sweet Flag to restore tranquillity to the mind (Bhagwan Dash).

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Calamus Dosage Information
Calamus comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. To use an infusion, take 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Drink a cup a half an hour before meals. For using a tincture, take 2-4 ml, 3 times a day. In treating gassy colic Calamus works well with ginger and wild yam. For other digestive complaints, it works well in combined with meadowsweet and marshmallow. Due to this herbs strong actions, it is important read and follow product label directions exactly or ask a qualified herbalist or physician the dosage for the treatment of your condition.

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Calamus Safety & Interaction Information
Calamus has been banned by the FDA as a food additive due to the fact that massive doses given to lab rats over extended time periods has proven to be carcinogenic. In using Calamus to treat children, it is best to do so under the supervision of a physician. Do not use this herb if you are pregnant or nursing, of suffer from severe liver or kidney disease. 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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