Radix Angelica Sinensis (also known as Angelica root, Dang Gui, Dong Quai, or Tang Kuei) has a long history of use in Traditional Oriental Medicine as a powerful blood tonic and a premium source of phytonutrients. It is perhaps the safest and most potent blood tonic in the world. In Traditional Oriental Medicine, the blood is considered one of the three most precious substances of the body, and thus keeping it healthy is considered a cornerstone of health.
Radix Angelica Sinensis is used by millions of people worldwide to treat common anemia, rebuild red blood cells, and increase blood volume, especially after an illness, injury, or surgery. These powerful blood tonic effects can be attributed to its chemical contents consisting of vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin, and cobalt (hemotinic action of B12).
This herb also has a strong effect on improving blood circulation. When the movement of blood becomes stuck or congealed, it generally results in pain and discomfort. Because Radix Angelica Sinensis has a strong effect on moving the blood and so it is also commonly used in herbal formulas that alleviate a wide variety of pain.
For its ability to alleviate pain and replenish the blood, Radix Angelica Sinensis is regarded by acupuncturists as the most important herb used in gynecology formulas. Most commonly, this herb is used in herbal formulas that alleviate menstural pain and strengthen the blood after a woman's menstural period has ended. It is also used to treat a wide variety of other gynecological conditions related to menstruation, reproduction, and menopause.
In addition to improving blood circulation and nourishing the blood, Radix Angelica Sinensis has also been found to help detoxify and nourish the skin, making it very useful in herbal formulas that are used in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, neurodermatitis, rosacea, and pigment disease. Similarly, this herb is also used in many beauty tonics that focus on benefiting the complexion and clearing cosmetic blemishes.