Chinese angelica(Gansu)

 Chinese angelica(Gansu)

Chinese angelica, dong quai, dang gui, or tang kuei consists of the root of the Chinese plant Angelica polymorpha Maxim. var sinensis Oliv., also known as A. sinensis (Oliv.)

Diels, a member of the family Apiaceae. The medication is mildly laxative, although it is used primarily for its uterine tonic, antispasmodic, and alterative (blood purifying) effects.

Chinese angelica is the best Chinese tonic herb for women, although it can also be used for men, and is the most highly valued blood tonic in the East. Chinese angelica regulates hormones, menstruation, brings on delayed or suppressed periods, relieves menstrual cramps, and can be used during the menopause. Eaten raw or taken as a tincture,Chinese angelica relaxes the uterus, used with water it tones the uterus and stimulates uterine contractions, increasing circulation and relieving congestion in the pelvic area. It is best not to take it during pregnancy.

Chinese angelica is native to China and Japan, where it is now cultivated. The best rhizomes are in Gansu province in China. Seed is sown in spring, and the rhizomes are lifted in autumn.