The Herbal Uses of Angelica

Adored for its scent and edible roots, Angelica is a biennial herb that thrives in the damp soils in the Northern parts of the world. The roots and the stems of the plant are the ones commonly used as alternative medicine. These parts are edible as well. The fruits are also used but everybody uses them for making alcoholic beverages.

Although popularly used in the perfume industry since ancient times, the plant has become increasingly famous all over the world for its medicinal applications. In fact, today it is grown in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, and Iceland. It has also been introduced in France, Germany, Rome, and in South East Asian countries like Thailand.

Because of its popularity, it is known today by many different names:

  • American Angelica

  • Angélica

  • Angelica acutiloba

  • Angelica archangelica

  • Angelica atropurpurea

  • Angelica curtisi

  • Angelica Dahurica

  • Angelica officinalis

  • Angelica sylvestris

  • Angelicae Dahuricae

  • Angelicae Dahuricae Radix

  • Angelicae Fructus

  • Angelicae Herba

  • Angelicae Radix

  • Angelica sylvestris

  • Angelicae

  • Angélique

  • Angélique Archangélique

  • Angélique Cultivée

  • Angélique de Bohème

  • Angélique des Jardins

  • Angélique Médicinale

  • Angélique Officinale

  • Angélique Sauvage

  • Angélique Vraie

  • Archangelica officinalis

  • Archangélique

  • Bai Zhi

  • Dang Gui (Angelica root)

  • Du Huo

  • Garden Angelica

  • European Angelica

  • Herbe aux Anges

  • Herbe du Saint-Esprit

  • Japanese Angelica

  • Racine du Saint Esprit

  • Radix Angelicae

  • Radix Angelicae Dahuricae

  • Radix Angelicae

Anyone who is suffering from dyspepsia may benefit from the use of Angelica. Note that this herb may not be suited for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Consult your doctor before using this herb.

This herb is also used to treat the following:

  • Heartburn

  • Anorexia

  • Arthritis

  • Circulatory and respiratory problems

  • Insomnia

  • Nerve pain, joint pain, and skin disorders (applied to skin)

The other uses of Angelica are for:

  • Treatment of premature ejaculation

  • Improve in sex drive

  • Start of delayed menstruation

  • Treatment of dysmennorhea

  • Increase of urine production

Dyspepsia can be treated using Angelica, especially if mixed with other alternative medicines such as peppermint leaf, clown’s mustard plant, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, milk thistle, celandine, and lemon balm. This mixture has been found to relieve the body from dyspepsia and its symptoms. Another popular application of this herb is in treating premature ejaculation.

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