Dang Gui Root (Angelica sinensis)
Herb of the month - Angelica
Contraindication: Not to be used in pregnant animals.
A perennial plant that grows up to 3 feet. It flowers from August to September and seeds ripen from Sept to October. The plant is self-fertile (has both male and female parts). It prefers moist soil. Typically grown in Asia-Japan, China and Korea.
It is an important Chinese blood tonic and used commonly in many formulas and also an ingredient used in cooking. It has a strong but pleasant musky odor. Has an estrogen-like effect, therefore it has also been known as the female ginseng. It is also translated as "return to order."
Flavor: Sweet, pungent and bitter
Meridian: Heart, Liver and Spleen
Actions: 1)Tonifies (moves) blood.
2)Harmonizes Blood and disperses cold
3)Moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels
4)Reduces swelling, expels pus, generates flesh,
resolves and relieves stagnation (pain).
Commonly used in combination with other herbs (including astragalus) and found in Body Sore Formula (used for arthritis in pets). See next month's herb on Astragalus.