VACHA (CALAMUS, SWEET FLAG) HERBAL POWDER (ACORUS CALAMUS)Enlivening herb used to revitalize skin and support proper function of the lymphatic system.
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How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Vacha was banned for internal consumption in the United States. Joyful Belly sells Vacha for external use only. Vacha is an enlivening herb used to revitalize skin and support proper function of the lymphatic system. It is often rubbed on the skin to remove excess massage oil after abhyanga. It is often included in nasya oil where it stimulates the mind and improves concentration and focus.
SUGGESTED USEExternal use only or as directed by your practitioner.
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Biocharacteristics of Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.
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Mind Stress Sleep
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates Front Of Brain
Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.
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Reduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind. Includes herbs that relax (for Vata) and herbs that stimulate (for Kapha).
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, Nerve Stimulant
Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)
Basil has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Nerve-stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Galactagogue, Nervine, Antidepressant, Improves-focus
Stevia has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, Stimulates-energy
Green Tea has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Anti-inflammatory, Nerve-stimulant, Antidepressant, Stimulates-energy
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing, Galactagogue, Stimulates-energy
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Improves-focus, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Nerve-stimulant, Cardiac-stimulant, Nervine
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Anti-inflammatory, Nervine
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Emetic, Wakes-you-up, Abortifacient, Stimulates-energy
Coffee has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Nerve-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Stimulates-energy
Mint has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Stimulates-energy, Nervine, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Refreshing
Pineapple has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Wakes-you-up, Refreshing
Blueberry has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Improves-focus, Anti-inflammatory, Refreshing
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant, Nerve-stimulant
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant, Nerve-stimulant, Nervine
Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common
Nerve-stimulant, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Improves-focus
Regular exercise has these Actions in Common
Wakes-you-up, Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant, Nerve-stimulant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy
Cold Shower / Bath
Cold Shower / Bath has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant, Nerve-stimulant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up
Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant, Improves-focus, Nerve-stimulant, Nervine, Stimulates-energy
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Cardiac-stimulant
Brahmi - Gotu Kola
Brahmi - Gotu Kola has these Actions in Common
Improves-focus, Nerve-stimulant, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Anti-inflammatory, Cardiac-stimulant, Emetic
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag) may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.
Reviews for Vacha (Calamus, Sweet Flag)
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I ordered Vacha Calamus for cellulite treatment. Also to massage my legs with mustard oil and sesame oil (50/50) and scrub my skin with Vacha powder. I read this in an Ayurveda book and I want to improve my orange skin :)
Thank you so much!
- sonia tigero, Hollywood, FL 06-07-13
I was wondering where you get your Vacha from? Do you know what region/area of the world it comes from? Is this a native American plant?
Susan S. Cocoa Beach FL
Vacha is mainly cultivated in northern India and tends to do well in wet marshy land.