Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

Herb 3 of 9 in Herbs that Tonify Blood

Warm Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Tone Marks:
dāng guī
State of Return
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Tonifies Blood
    For Heart and Liver Blood Deficiency presenting with symptoms such as pale face, dry brittle and pale nails, dry hair, palpitations, anemia, blurry vision, and tinnitus.
  • Moves the Blood, Alleviates Pain, and Regulates Menstruation
    For Blood and Qi Stagnation due to Cold type menstrual disorders with symptoms such as irregular menses, amenorrhea, or dysmenorrhea.
  • Moves the Bowels by Moistening the Intestines
    For Blood Deficient dry intestines and chronic constipation, commonly seen in the elderly, postpartum, or in chronic illness.
  • Decreases Swellings, Generates Flesh, and Alleviates Pain
    Can be for many types of sores, abscesses, or traumatic injury where moving the Blood and breaking Blood Stagnation will have a positive effect.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution in pregnancy or when breast-feeding.
  • Use carefully in patients with loose stool, diarrhea, abdominal distention, and Spleen Deficiency
  • Do not use with heat signs due to Yin Deficiency or in Excess conditions
  • Women with hormone sensitive cancers such as breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer and those with endometriosis or uterine fibroids should exercise caution.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Dang Gui may interfere with Anti-Coagulating drugs.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • This herb has a very low toxicity.
  • Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness and fatigue, itching, or abdominal pain.
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 4.5-15 grams 13
  • 5-15 grams 12

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Dang Gui Tou, the head of Angelica Root, has a stronger tonifying action and moves Blood upward
  • Dang Gui Shen, the body of Angelica Root, has a stronger action in nourishing and invigorating the Blood.
  • Dry frying Dang Gui will increase it's warmth, which can be used to Tonify Blood without causing loose stool or diarrhea.

Chinese Herb Combinations:

  1. Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
  2. Mo Yao (Resina Myrrhae)
  3. Ru Xiang (Resina Olibani)
  4. Zi Ran Tong (Pyritum)
Combined Indications:
  • Strains and Fractures

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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