Radix Angelicae Sinensis


Root of Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels, family Umbelliferae.

The axial root conical, with several fibrous roots, 15 cm long, the root base 1.5-4.0 cm in diameter, brown in colour. Cork longitudinally and transversely 1-30.jpg (6850 bytes)lenticellate; the root body longitudinally wrinkled; the root base rounded flat, with lanceolate stem leaf remnant lying flat at its top. Prepared by crosscutting, the section showing a cortex with brown spotted oil cavities and an even xylem, cambium ring appearing between them. Soft in texture, delicately fragrant in smell. Sweet and acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to liver, heart and spleen channels.

1. Enrich blood: For blood-deficiency syndrome, usually used together with Radix Astragali seu Hedysari (Decoction of Angelicae Sinensis for Enriching Blood), or with Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata and Radix Paeoniae Alba.

2. Promote blood circulation, regulate menstruation and alleviate pain: For blood-deficiency, blood stasis or blood-dryness manifested as menoxenia, amenorrhea, menorrhalgia; or as headache, chest pain, abdominal pain and rheumatism, usually used together with Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Olibanun and Myrrha or as the early stage of skin infection or unhealed skin lesions, 1-30-1.jpg (3355 bytes)urticaria, eczema, prurigo, leukoderma, apoplexy, prolapse of rectum, bronchial asthma, arrhythmia, cor pulmonale, etc.

3. Moisturize dryness and loose bowel: For constipation attributive to dryness of intestine and blood deficiency.

Pharmacological Action
1. Dilating coronary artery, increasing coronary flow and decreasing oxygen consumption.

2. Relieving myocardial ischemia induced by pituitrin in animals.

3. Ferulic acid, one of its active components, can lower the level of blood lipids and counter the development of atheroma.

4. Promoting the phagocytosis of mononuclear macrophage.

5. Protecting the liver from damage and increasing biliary secretion.

Decoction: 5-l0g. Injection: 5~l0% ampoule 2-4 ml IM 1-3 times daily; Point injection: 0.5-1.0 ml for 1 point, 2-4 points for 1 time, once daily.

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