Dang Gui Root (Angelica sinensis)
Herb of the month - Angelica
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.
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.
Contraindication: Not to be used in pregnant animals.
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).