Angelica Root (Dang Gui Wei)
Origin: Northern Europe
Angelica root, also known as Angelica archangelica, is a biennial herb that grows in damp, marshy areas throughout Europe, northern Asia and North America. The root and rhizome of the plant are used in herbal medicine.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Angelica root has anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial in treating conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and digestive disorders.
- Asthma Relief: A study conducted in 2017 found that Angelica root extract may be beneficial in reducing airway inflammation and bronchial constriction associated with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
- Menstrual Pain: Angelica root has been used historically to help relieve menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual bleeding, and other menstrual discomfort. It is thought to work by increasing the production of certain hormones that can reduce muscle spasms.
Angelica root has an earthy, slightly sweet taste with a hint of aniseed, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It is often used to flavor liqueurs, candies, and other sweet treats.
Important to Note
While angelica root is believed to have potential benefits for the female reproductive system, it can also cause menstrual bleeding and should not be used by pregnant women.
The herb is sometimes used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, but it can also have immunostimulatory effects, which can exacerbate certain inflammatory conditions.
Angelica root can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and medications for diabetes, and should not be used by people taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare provider.
The use of angelica root has not been extensively studied, and there may be other potential contradictions or side effects that are not yet known.