CHINESE ANGELICA ROOT
Latin name: Radix Angelica Sinensis
Botanical Name:Angelica Sinensis (Oliv.)Diels.
English Name: Tang-Kuei
Chinese Name: 当归
The dried root is in a shape similia
to a cylinder,15-25cm long,and has 3-5 or more branch roots
at the lower part.Its surface is
tinged from yellowish-brown deep to brown,with long longitudinal
grains and horizontal,long lenticels.The
head of the root has a diameter of 1.5-4cm,the top is round
and obtus,with annular veins and purple
or yellowish-green remnants of stem and leaf sheaths.The surface
of the main root is concavconvex ;the branch
roots,generally having a diameter of 0.3-1cm,are thick at the
upper part and thin at the lower and are mostly
twisted,with a few traces of fibrous roots.It is flexible in
texture;the cross section is yellowish-white and light
yellowish-brown.The bark is thick,with crevices and many brown
dotted secretory cavities.The colour of the
xylem is lighter,showing yellowish-brown stratiform circles.The
drug emits strong fragrance and tastes sweet,acrid
and a little bitter.
It is mainly produced in Gansu,Sichuan,Yunnan,Shangxi,Guizhou
provines.Gansu province produces the good
and high quality Chinese Angelica Root and it is very famous
in China and all of the world.
3. ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
It is contained rich active ingredients
Ligustilid and Ferulic Acid used for extracting .
4. NATURE,TASRE AND CHANNEL TROPISM
Chinese angelica root is sweet and acrid
in taste,warm in nature and therapeutically related to the channels
of liver,heart and spleen.
5. ACTIONS AND INDICATIONS
1). Replenishing blood and regulating
It is effecacious in the treatment of
flaccidity and pale complexion,vertigo,palpitationirregular
menstruation, amenorhea and dysmenorrhea due to blood deficiency.
2). Promoting blood circulation to stop
It is efficacious for such conditions
as traumatic injury carbuncle,celluliti,sore,ulcer and other
skin and external diseases,arthralgia due to pathogenic winddampness,and
abdominal pain due to stanation of blood during
menstruation and delivery.
3). Loosing the bowels to relieve constipation.
It is efficacious for constipation due
to the dryness of bowels and blood deficiency. The
raw Chinese angelica root(slices) is more eligible for enriching
the blood and loosing the bowels,while the
liquored Chinese angelica root is more eligible for promoting
blood circulation and restoring menstrual flow.