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Angelica Root

Submitted by on April 14, 2009 – 8:52 pm3 Comments | 26,717 views

Ingredient Name: Chinese Angelica Root

Chinese Name: 當歸 (dāng guī)

What is this?
  • Also known as Dong Quai, Tang-Kuei or “female ginseng”, the chinese angelica root is a very popular herb used in chinese medicine and is highly revered, second only to ginseng root
  • The herb, which is indigenous to China, is typically used to treat gynecological ailments, fatigue, mild anemia and high blood pressure
  • Women who suffer menstrual ailments or menopause are often given chinese angelica root to relieve symptoms
  • The root is also considered an aphrodisiac
  • The taste is sweet, warm, pungent and slightly bitter

How do I prepare it?

  • Soak in water for several minutes and rinse before using

Where can I buy this?

  • Chinese angelica root can be purchased at all Chinese dried herb shops
  • In the above photo, the angelica roots are shown as whole roots.  It is also possible to buy sliced angelica root for use in soups

What is the cost?

  • 1 pound of dried angelica root costs approximately $15 CAD

Any benefits?

  • The Angelica Root is used to nourish the blood (blood tonic) and is believed to help invigorate blood circulation.
  • It can strenghten the liver, heart, and spleen and is also a uterine tonic, effective against menstrual disorders.
  • It is widely used in confinement soups and recipes to treat postpartum women
  • The root is also used to treat common colds as an expectorant
  • Chinese angelica root is one of the few good non-animal sources of Vitamin B12

Any precautions?

  • Pregnant women should not use angelica root
  • Consuming large doses may lead to sensitivity to sunlight

References

 

Sliced Angelica Root

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3 Comments »

  • Deelights says:

    Wouldn’t ladies in confinement also be nursing? So to take or not to take?

  • Nadine says:

    Hello! So happy to have found your wonderfully informative website 4(?) years ago. I was very impressed with your dictionary type listing of ingredients with pictures but I seem to have lost the link.

    Recently I inherited a number of canisters of mysterious (to me) ingredients and now want to use them but am at a loss. Do you have a link that points to all ingredients instead of one at a time? Hopefully, there is a posted link on your main menu?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Nadine, ah! I don’t have such an index, although it’s a great idea. My challenge is that I don’t even know the Chinese to some of the herbs, do it’s very hard for me to match it back to the English. This learning process has been quite a journey! Do you want to take a pic and send it to me? You can post it to my facebook page and I can try to show my herbalist or the old ladies at the wet mart! 🙂 Lisa

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