Widely considered the “ultimate herb” for women, Angelica Root is a popular Chinese herb used to relieve symptoms of menopause, such as menstrual cramps and abnormal menstruation, as well as for increasing the effects of hormones in both men and women. It is also considered to be the female version of Ginseng. Most commonly used in Traditional Herbal Medicine to treat most feminine problems.
Appearance: Delicate, clustered heads of small, fragrant flowers, and stringy, brownish roots with a bittersweet taste.
Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai, which literally means, “restore proper order” is a herb from the family Apiaceae indigenous to China and is considered an important botanical in China, Japan and Korea. Also known as Chinese Angelica, this member of the Parsley, Celery, and Carrots family grows in cool high altitude mountains in China, and is harvested for its leaves and roots which contain a variety of fragrant organic compounds calledcoumarins that are specific to plants. Its yellowish brown dried roots is rich in Vitamins A, B-3, C, E, iron, magnesium and other minerals and it is commonly used to prepare tonics.
Different parts of the angelica sinensis root are believed to have different actions – the head of the root has anticoagulant activity, the main body of the root is a tonic, and the end of the root eliminates blood stagnation.
As a medicinal herb, Angelica sinensis is known in many traditional healing systems, including Native American, Chinese, Ayurveda and Kampo medicine. It is traditionally used by both men and women as a tonic for cardio, respiratory and liver related symptoms. In addition, angelica sinensis has been called “female ginseng” since it is commonly used for health conditions in women.