Angelica Root

Angelica root is in a genus of plants which has several different members that all have beneficial effects and can be a great natural remedy for a variety of ailments. Some of the more common members of the angelica family include Angelica pubescens (Du Huo), Angelica sinensis (Dang Gui), and Angelica dahurica (Bai Zhi). There are about 60 different species of angelica in total! Chinese medicine has used Angelica for hundreds of years and even today it is still a commonly used alternative medicine. 

Which Angelica Root is Right for Me?

The chart below might help you to understand the differences in herbal remedy applications for angelica root.

Botanical Name Pin Yin Name Properties
Angelica archangelica Dong Quai Tonic, cleanser, antioxidant, antifungal. 
Angelica dahurica
Bai Zhi Expels dampness, reduces swelling, acrid, warm, lung, stomach, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertension, high blood pressue.
Angelica pubescens
Du Huo Bitter, acrid, warm, kidney, bladder, anti-inflammatory, sedative.
Angelica sinensis Dang Gui
Dang Gui Wei
Dang Gui Tou
Sweet, acrid bitter, warm, heart, liver, spleen.
Angelica sinensis, processed Dang Gui Pian Blood, healing, anti-anemic, immuno-stimulant.