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Most Common Name:Angelica
Botanical Name:Angelica Archangelica, Angelica Officinalis
Also Known As (other names): Wild Celery, Garden Angelica, European Angelica

 Angelica is native to most of Northern Europe, growing closer to the inhabitable ice lands than most plants. The name Angelica is not coincidental as this plant's medicinal use tracks back to the origin of European society when it was believed that this magical cure-all was a gift from the gods.

The Chinese Angelica also has a similar, if not older history, in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine from India.

Today Angelica is recognised as a major herb in many treatments but the mystical and magical properties are being replaced with vigorous laboratory tests to prove the efficacy of this herb and its extracts.

Roots seeds and leaves are used. (In the case of Chinese Angelica only the root is used)

Use for/In treatment of:

ColdsCoughsCatarrh
Urinary tract infectionsRheumatismFevers
InfluenzaAsthmaInflammation
Period pains (Chinese Angelica)Menopause 
   

Properties:

StomachicStimulantDiaphoretic
ExpectorantTonicAppetite stimulant
Carminative Anti-inflammatoryFebrifuge

 

Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.
 Volatile oil - see Angelica essential oilMacrocyclic lactones

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

 

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

Diabetics should not use this herb as it causes an increase in urinal sugars.  
   
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

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