This wetland monocot comes with many common names. Belonging to the Acorus genus, the plant has been used extensively in traditional Ayurveda. It is high in B-asarone content and is used frequently as a seasoning in traditional Chinese medicine. It has cognitive-enhancing properties and has the potential to treat neuropathic pain. The active B-asarone is an active ingredient that comprises of the plant’s main mechanism.
The semi-aquatic plant grows with wet feet and other water weeds. It is usually found to be growing on the edges of rivers, lakes, and ponds and sometimes in a slightly drier soil. The root (which also produces abundant rootlets) is a horizontal stem that runs across the ground and is a rhizome. Cultivating it is fairly easy and when wet thrives well and grows flowers every year.
The oil extract is known to suppress hair fall successfully. It cools the brain and the scalp thus preventing hair fall due to overheating of the scalp.