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Medicinal Uses of Angelica Sinensis

Updated on April 12, 2011

The Chinese Angelica (Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels), commonly known as "dong quai" or "female ginseng", is an herb of the family Apiaceae, endemic to China.

Medicinal Uses




The dried root is commonly known in Chinese as Radix Angelicae Sinensis, or Chinese Angelica and is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat gynecological distrubi, fatigue, mild anemia and hypertension. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative. The plant complex of the plant consists of coumarins, phytosterols (beta-sitostesrolo), polysaccharides, ferulic and flavonoidi.Ha antioxidant activity.


It is also used as an aphrodisiac.




The A. sinensis is also used in traditional medicine by the name of danggwi Korean (Hangul: 당귀, Hanja: 当归).



This herb is used by herbalists for the female reproductive system, as it is considered a uterine tonic and hormonal regulator. It is often used in compositions for premenstrual syndrome and in compositions for menopause symptoms. However, this grass is not recommended during pregnancy because of possible hormonal effects, anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs. Research on animals has shown contradictory effects on the muscles of the uterus, stimulatory effect that is relaxing. The Dong quai is traditionally considered a plant that increases the risk of miscarriage.

Side Effects

There is a case report of a man who developed gynecomastia after taking tablets of powdered root of dong quai.

Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the development of breasts in humans. It is normal during puberty we are witnessing a development of the mammary gland in humans, but after a short time, it atrophies. If atrophy is not involved, there is an increase volume and no consequences if not psychological. A similar condition also occurs in case of excessive conversion of testosterone to estrogen, or for the recruitment of female hormones, or inability of the liver to effectively eliminate excess estrogen. In these cases we speak of true gynecomastia.

Prolongs the prothrombin time.

Drug Interactions

Dong quai increases the anticoagulant effects of the drug warfarin and therefore increases the risk of bleeding


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    • fucsia profile image

      fucsia 6 years ago

      Thanks for these interesting information about Angelica Sinensis, very useful in premenstrual syndrome.

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for more information about herbal remedies.