Chinese Angelica Root (Radix Angelicae)

     Chinese Angelica Root is a perennial herbal plant that is native in Gansu, China. It is commonly known as Angelica Root or “female ginseng”. It has sweet taste with slight pungent and bitter in flavor. It is now been cultivated in the high, cool mountains of Japan and Korea. Chinese herbalists describe Angelica Root to be warm in nature and has a therapeutic effect in liver, heart and spleen. This yellowish brown root has been part of Chinese medicine for over a thousand years.

     Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that Angelica Root replenishes and activates blood in the body. Blood deficiency causes jaundice, dizziness, blurred vision and palpitation. Angelica Root is a common ingredient in the medication in the abovementioned disease.

     TCM use Angelica Root extract earned a reputation as the “ultimate herb” for women. It medically regulates menstruation among women, preventing dysmenorrhea. It is usually combined with other Chinese herbs  to treat problems such as irregular periods, menstrual pain, missed periods, menopause vasomotor symptoms and postpartum abdominal pain (cramps). Angelica Root contains chemical compound called butylidenephthalide that aids pain during menstrual period. However it is not recommended for pregnant women and has contra effect for blood thinning agents.

     This herb is also used to treat and heal carbuncles or what we call abscess in the skin. It works when combined with other Chinese herbs that relieves swelling and pain in skin sore. It facilitate pus drainage and tissue regeneration for after healing effects.

      Angelica Root acts as laxative. It lubricates the intestine resulting to healthy and regular bowel movements. Clinically, modern TCM uses Angelica root extract for anemia, chronic bronchitis, cardiovascular diseases, immune disorders and hepatitis.

     Recent research proved that Angelica Root is very effective in treating abnormal heart rhythm. A series of reports published in China concludes that a person who took A. Root extract after an episode of cardiac arrest, had significantly decrease the amount of brain damage.  The data consists of preliminary studies and laboratory experiments done with animal model and some human subject.

     Ultimately, this herbal plant is significantly helpful for women who suffered from gynecological ailments. This ailments may or may interfere with sexual dysfunctions for both men and women. In this case, an herbal therapy per se, is one of the best option for people who have issues with reproductive as well as sexual functions.