- What other names is Calamus known by?
- What is Calamus?
- How does Calamus work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Calamus.
Despite safety concerns, calamus is used for gastrointestinal (GI) problems including ulcers, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), intestinal gas (flatulence), upset stomach and loss of appetite (anorexia). Calamus is also used as a calming medicine (sedative), to induce sweating, and to treat rheumatoid arthritis and stroke.
Some people chew calamus to remove the smell of tobacco, as a stimulant, to increase their sense of well-being, and as a hallucinogen.
Some people apply calamus directly to the skin to treat certain skin diseases.
In foods, calamus is used as a spice.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Upset stomach.
- Appetite stimulation.
- Skin disorders.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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