Angelica Root: Top 6 Herbal Benefits and Uses [2018 Findings]

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. It’s from the Apiaceae family and often called Norwegian Angelica or Wild Celery.

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 worldwide popularity among alternative health enthusiasts, it is known today by many different names:

  • American Angelica
  • Angelica acutiloba
  • Angelica archangelica
  • Angelica atropurpurea
  • Angelica curtisi
  • Angelica Dahurica
  • Angelica officinalis
  • Angelica sylvestris
  • Angelicae Dahuricae Radix
  • Angelicae Fructus
  • Angelicae Herba
  • Angelicae Radix
  • Archangelicae radix
  • Bai Zhi
  • Dang Gui (Sinensis (Danggui)
  • Danggui Buxue Tang
  • Dong Quai
  • Du Huo
  • Garden Angelica
  • European Angelica
  • Herbe aux Anges
  • Herbe du Saint-Esprit
  • Japanese Angelica
  • Racine du Saint Esprit
  • Radix Angelicae Dahuricae

Angelica Root Herb Benefits

  1. Heartburn
  2. Anorexia
  3. Arthritis
  4. Circulatory and respiratory problems
  5. Insomnia
  6. Nerve pain, joint pain, and skin disorders (applied to skin)

The other medicinal uses of Angelica root 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 herbal root is in treating premature ejaculation.

Decoctions of herbal Angelica flower root has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for aiding in better blood circulation.

Anyone who is suffering from dyspepsia or gastrointestinal problems may benefit from the use of Angelica root because of beneficial chemical compounds including polysaccharides from its essential oil. Ongoing research is being done on its possible uses in cancer prevention.

Note that this herb may not be suited for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Consult your doctor before using this herb.


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