Angelica Sinensis ( 当归 ) ...Chinese Herb...
of Plant Used
Sweet, acrid, bitter
This herb regulates the female reproductive organs and is most often used
in formulas that treat the female menstrual cycle (TCM: tonifies Blood).
It is also used to treat headaches or dry skin associated with the female
cycle (TCM: deficient Blood).
Usages and Functions
Tonifies Blood and regulates menses; invigorates and harmonizes Blood; moistens
Intestines and moves stool.
Formulas Used In
Angelica; Bupleurum and Dang Gui; Cerebral Tonic Pills; Cimicafuga; Clematis
and Stephania; Gentiana; Ginseng and Astragalus; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Dang Gui; Ginseng and Zizyphus; Leonuris and Achyranthes; Pseudoginseng
and Dragon Blood; Qiang-Huo and Turmeric; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit; Dang Gui and Gardenia; Dang Gui and Ginseng Eight; Dang Gui and Indigo; Dang Gui Four; Tu-Huo and Loranthus.
Generally only the root of the plant is used and different parts of the
root are said to have different actions. The head of the root is supposed
to be the most tonifying, while the tail is said to move the Blood more strongly.
The root is sold in slices that have been steamed in wine.
Use with caution where there is diarrhea, or where there is bloating due
to dampness, or sign of Yin deficiency with heat.
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