Angelica Herb: The “Angel of Herbs” Has The Power To Heal

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Many of the herbal formulas used here Natchez Trace Veterinary Services contain angelica as one of the main ingredients, so we thought you may be interested in the history, use, and effects of this amazing herb. One of our popular herbal formulas is ANGELICA HARMONIZE JOINTS. This Traditional Chinese herbal blend helps maintain healthy joint function. From the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, joint discomfort results when there is an obstruction in the flow of energy also called “Qi” through the tissue of the joint along with an invasion of external factors such as damp, cold and wind. The obstruction and invasion may come from trauma, overuse of limbs, poor genetics, prolonged exposure to wind and damp, etc. Chinese theory recommends a blend of herbs that move Qi and blood in and around the joints to reestablish and maintain healthy function.  Angelica is an herb that helps do this. The history and folklore behind angelica are really interesting, so we have included it here for your reading pleasure.

According to one legend, Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the (bubonic) plague. Another explanation of the name of this plant is that it blooms on the day of Michael the Archangel (May 8, old style), and is on that account a preservative against evil spirits and witchcraft: all parts of the plant were believed efficacious against spells and enchantment. It was held in such esteem that it was called ‘The Root of the Holy Ghost.’ -A Modern Herbal: Angelica

  • Angelica is a tall, stout woody perennial that thrives best in slightly acidic, damp soil in light shade and is fairly easy to grow from seed. It is believed to be a native of Syria, then spreading to many cool European countries. The name Angelica comes from Medieval Latin herba angelica, which means “angelic herb”, reportedly named so because of its special powers against poison and plague.  This herb was once considered one of the earth’s most powerful herbs and was even at one time given the nickname “Root of the Holy Ghost”. It was thought to be under the protection of Michael the Archangel because it blooms on his feast day, and it’s roots, leaves and seeds have been used as a culinary and medicinal herb for centuries.

Angelica is used extensively in herbal medicine. The main constituents of Angelica are volatile oils, valeric acid, angelic acid, angelicin, safrole, scopoletin, and linoleic acid, making it useful in the treatment of fevers, colds, coughs, flatulent colic and other stomach disorders. A medicinal infusion made from stems, seeds, and root is carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, sedative, stomachic and tonic. Angelica is used for obstructed menses and should not be taken in large quantities by pregnant women.   -Alternative Nature Online Herbal

Medicinal Benefits of Angel Herb

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Angelica Sinensis is called “Dang Gui”. It is also known as female ginseng and Dong Quai. The channels influenced by Dang Gui are Heart, Liver, and Spleen. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this herb is used to regulate menses, tonify blood, harmonize blood, disperse cold, unblock bowels, moisten intestines, reduce swelling, expel pus, stop the pain, and generate flesh. Traditional Chinese Medicine always recommends combining Angelica with other herbs. In Western herbal medicine the roots, stalk, and leaves are commonly used and possess carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, stomachic, tonic and expectorant properties. It is often used to treat fevers, colds, coughs, colic, rheumatism, urinary diseases, wind and as a stimulating expectorant. Are you interested in improving your pet’s health with Herbals and/or Traditional Chinese Medicine? Please call us!

  • Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (Belle Meade) (615) 750-2248
  • Natchez Trace Veterinary Services (Franklin) (615) 790-8100

Sources:

  • A Modern Herbal: Angelica
  • Angelica – Alternative Nature Online Journal
  • Angelica: The “Angel of Herbs”
  • Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root, Radix Angelicae Sinensis
  • Herbsmith Rx
  • India Ayurvedic Herbs: Angelica

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