Health Benefits of Angelica

The herb ╦ťAngelica-has been used as a medicine for centuries. It is also known as Dong-Quei, Dong-Quai, Dang-Qui, Archangelica Officinalis, Garden Angelica and Tang-Huei.

Here is a brief description about the health benefits of this medicinal herb, Angelica:

  • Angelica effectively treats indigestion, gas and stomach cramps.
  • It improves cardiovascular and bronchial disorders
  • The leaves and root used as a tea treats insomnia, fevers, tooth aches, nervous headaches and rheumatism.
  • One can see several species of angelica. American angelica (A. atropurpurea) and European angelica (Angelica archangelica) have been traditionally used for treating colds, headache, lung and bronchial disease. Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis) popularly known as Dang gui and Dong quai is used to relieve menstrual cramps, to regulate menstrual periods and to reduce the symptoms of menopause. No scientific evidence supports this medicinal value of angelica, but it has been used in oriental medicine to treat these health conditions.
  • Today angelica is used as a main ingredient in various herbal formulations that are designed to balance hormones in women.
  • Commission E, an organization of Germany that studies the effectiveness and safety of herbal medicine recommends angelica for the treatment of flatulence and indigestion.
  • Even German studies also found angelica relaxes the windpipe and can effectively treat colds, bronchitis, flu and asthma.

Important Note:

  • You can get angelica supplements in most of the health stores, but be sure to follow the usage directions as prescribed.
  • Do not take angelica, if you are pregnant because it is said that the herb induces miscarriage in pregnant women.
  • People with a history of heart attack or atherosclerosis should avoid this herb.