Fifteen images of Acorus calamus, a semi-aquatic perennial inhabitant of marshy places in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves and stalks and rhizome were used as (or in) foods by various American Indian groups. Use of the plant dates back at least 2,000 years in Chinese traditions, and in Western traditions back to the time of Moses. Medicinally, the rhizome has long been esteemed as an aromatic bitter to tone and settle the stomach and relieve indigestion, gas, and heartburn. Several tribes ascribed mystic powers to the plant, and Pawnee mystery ceremonies included songs about calamus
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