Angelica Sinensis

Chinese Angelica - Dong Quai

Angelica sinensis is the Chinese native variety of the Angelica plant. In China, and around the world it is also known as Dong Quai.
There are many species of angelica in cultivation and it is important to note that the varieties have different qualities and are used for different herbal remedies.

Dong Quai is rooted deep in Chinese Medicine and has been harvested and cultivated for 1000’s of years. It is often referred to as the female ginseng.

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In Japan, Angelica is also cultivated for medicinal use, however it is the angelica acutiloba that is grown. Acutiloba and Sinensis have been studied and results show these Angelica cultivars to have similar therapeutic qualities.

In Japan, they regard the sinesis as less superior, and in China they regard the acutiloba species of Angelica to be less superior.

The North American variety is Angelica Atropurpurea and it mirrors the European variety of Angelica Archangelica in its therapeutic uses. Neither Angelica Atropurpurea or Archangelica are effective in treating the womens symptoms that are treated with Dong Quai or the Acutiloba Angelica of Japan.

The sinensis variety of Angelica is a perennial in China. It has hollow stems that can rise as high as 7 feet. The blooms are greenish white in color and very beautiful (well, I think so). The bloom time is May to August. Found in damp mountainous regions, on river banks it is also cultivated.

The roots and rhizomes are the prized portion of the plant and this is what is used in traditional Chinese medicine, and marketed as Dong Quai or Chinese Angelica.

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