Vacha (Sweet flag) – Acorus Calamus

Vacha, or Acorus Calamus, is a popular ayurvedic medicine used for treating headache, respiratory problems, and digestive disorders. It is also recommended for the treatment of memory loss, piles, and neurological disease such as epilepsy.

Indication, Uses, and Benefits

The health benefits of this herb are as follows:


Vacha is used to treat a headache. It can help to obtain prompt relief from this problem. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces pain and throbbing sensation in the head. It can also be used to treat migraines. It relieves tension in the head and prevents dilation of the blood vessels, which is the main cause of migraines. It can also provide relief from the symptoms that usually occur before or during an attack of a migraine such as an increased sensitivity to light, flashes of lights in front of the eyes, nausea, dizziness, and an abnormal sense of smell.

Nervous system

Vacha is a natural memory enhancer. It can be used to promote the functions of the brain such as memory, attention span, ability to focus or concentrate, and maintaining alertness. The regular use of this medicine can help students and working professionals to improve their performance. It can help to prevent the age-related decline of the brain cells thus reducing the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

It is also used to treat Schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, and depression, which occur due to the imbalance of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. Women suffering from postpartum depression can also be treated effectively using this medicine. It can be given to children to treat the developmental disorders such as delayed speech and language milestones.

Sore Throat

Vacha provides an effective relief from the symptoms of a sore throat. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces swelling, irritation, and pain the throat. It also reduces the other symptoms of the sore throat like difficulty in swallowing, cough, and fever. It reduces the secretion of mucus in the respiratory passages. It can also be used to reduce hoarseness of voice.

Digestive disorders

Vacha can be used as a digestive tonic. It can boost the functions of the stomach and intestine. It is particularly useful for treating disorders of the stomach like gastritis and peptic ulcers. It reduces the acid production in the stomach, which helps to relieve the symptoms of these diseases. It improves the digestion by boosting the secretion of digestive enzymes. This medicine can also be used to improve appetite. It can treat diarrhea in adults as well as children.


The use of Vacha has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of piles. It works by preventing constipation, which is the most common cause of piles. It prevents the need for the excessive straining during defecation thus reducing the pressure on the veins in this part of the digestive tract. This helps to prevent the occurrence or worsening of piles.


Vacha can produce a regulatory effect on the activity of the brain and nerves. It helps to reduce the frequency and intensity of the attacks of convulsions in the patients suffering from epilepsy. It calms the nerves and controls their hyper-reactivity thus preventing the attacks.

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