|Most Common Name:||Angelica|
Name:||Angelica Archangelica, Angelica Officinalis|
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.
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:
pains (Chinese Angelica)||Menopause||
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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.|
oil - see Angelica essential oil||Macrocyclic
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
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.
do not use if:
|Diabetics should not use this
herb as it causes an increase in urinal sugars.|| || |
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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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