Blood tonic, Emmenagogue, Sedative, Analgesic,
China it is called Dong Quai and is considered at this time to be
the greatest of all female herbs, a female version of Ginseng used
by over a billion women. Some Herbalists call Dong Quai the Queen
of all female herbs. It is often included in prescriptions for
abnormal menstruation, suppressed menstrual flow, painful or
difficult menstruation, and uterine bleeding. A traditional use of
dong quai was for hot flashes associated with perimenopause.
Angelica Sinensis as it is called in this country has a
long history of successfully treating female disorders.
Angelica helps promote circulation, stimulating the
uterus and stopping pain in that area. It is also
helpful where there is anemia and is usually given to
women, but men may also benefit from taking this herb
when there are signs of anemia.
Angelica nourishes the feminine system, stimulates
hormone production and thereby normalizes the ovaries
and strengthens the womb. This same herb stimulates and
balances hormone production, which can relieve hot
flashes and the growth of ovarian cysts.
Parts Used: Root
The upper part of the root is considered a great blood
builder. The tails of the root is used in emergencies as
a blood clot dissolver after serious accidents or for
expelling the afterbirth that has failed to appear. The
coumarins in angelica are valuable medication for
reducing high-protein edemas, such as swelling of the
lymph nodes (lymphedema). It is also used for treating
psoriasis accompanying arthritis.
Angelica also relieves pain, cleanses the blood, and has
a sedative affect on the central nervous system.
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