The Calamus plant is a tall perennial wetland monocot that grows in marshes and on the muddy banks of streams. The Calamus was used by ancient Egyptians as a perfume and was used during the Han Dynasty in China as a medicinal herb . The fragrant leaves and strongly scented rhizomes have been used as a substitute for ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The Acorus Calamus root may contain antioxidative properties . Acorus Calamus is reported to contain the presence of glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, polyphenolic compounds, mucilage, volatile oil and bitter principles .
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