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." 

Property: Warm

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).