Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3834


Acorus calamus: An overview

R. Balakumbahan*, K. Rajamani and K. Kumanan
Horticultural Research Station, TamilNadu Agricultural University, Pechiparai, 629161. Tamilnadu, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 July 2010
  •  Published: 29 December 2010


Acorus calamus (Sweet flag) is a wetland perennial monocot plant,  in which the scented leaves and rhizomes have been traditionally used medicinally against different ailments like,fever, asthma, bronchitis, cough and mainly for digestive problems such as gas, bloating, colic, and poor digestive function. Number of active constituents and essential oil were identified and characterized from the leaves and rhizomes of sweet flag. An over view of the pharmacological activities and insecticidal activities are summarized here.


Key words: Acorus calamus, Acorus gramineusAcoraceae, active constituents, pharmacology.