Botanical Name: Angelicae Sinensis Radix
Latin: Angelica sinensis
PinYin: Dang Gui
Dang Gui is one of the most commonly used herbs in the Chinese herbal system. It is primarily known as a “women’s herb,” though many men consume it as well. Most famously and importantly, it known as a superior blood tonic, and that is one reason women use so much of it. It is also used conjunctively as a “blood vitalizer,” meaning that it supports healthy blood circulation, especially in the abdomen and pelvic basin. Men and women benefit from superior circulation. Dang Gui is very widely used to help establish, support and maintain healthy menstrual balance in women. It also has analgesic and mild sedative (calming, relaxing) actions.
Left: Dang Gui can be obtained whole, as seen above, and is always sliced for extraction
Right: Magu is depicted collecting wild Dang Gui as a woman's tonic
As always, quality matters a great deal when selecting Dang Gui. This herb comes in a very wide range of qualities from Asia. It is one of the herbs that people choose very carefully and for which they develop a “connoisseur” state of mind. Ron Teeguarden has been sourcing Dang Gui for over three decades. Dragon Herbs Dang Gui is grown in a specific region of northwestern China, from a valley known for centuries as a premier Di Tao (authentic and superior grade) source. Our Dang Gui is always made from fresh roots with rich, sweet aromatic volatile oils and a perfect balance of constituents. Dang Gui has a very characteristic fragrance that is very evident in Dragon Herbs Dang Gui extract due to the presence of n-butylidene phthalide and ligustilide in the volatile oil.
Left: Freshly harvested Dang Gui is slightly reddish. Right: Dang Gui plant.
A number of Dragon Herbs herbal formulations contain Dang Gui root as a major ingredient. Here are some –