Dahurian Angelica Root (Baizhi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Angelicae Dahuricae|
|Botanical Name:||Angelica dahurica (Fisch. Ex Hoffm.) Benth. et Hook. f.;
Angelica dauburica (Fisch. ex Hoffm.) Benth. et Hook. f. var. formosana (Boiss.) Shan et Yuan
|Common Name:||Dahurian Angelica root|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The root is dug in the period between summer and autumn, when the leaves turn yellow. The fibrous roots are removed, dried, soaked in water and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Meridian:||Lung and spleen|
|Functions:||To expel wind and release the exterior
To reduce swelling and discharge pus and dampness
To stop pain
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Wind-cold exterior syndrome manifested by headache, supraobital pain and nasal obstruction.
*Use with Chinese green onion (Congbai), Prepared soybean (Douchi) and Fresh ginger (Shengjiang).
2. Thick and sticky nasal discharge (as in thinitis, nasosinusitis).
*Use with Xanthium fruit (Cang’erzi) and Magnolia flower (Xinyi) in the formula Cang’er San.
3. Boils, carbuncles, ulceration and skin diseases.
*Use with Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou), Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu) and Dandelion herb (Pugongying).
4. Damp-cold type of leukorrhea manifested as watery, whitish and profuse leukorrhea with no offensive smell.
*Use with White atractylodes (Baizhu), Cuttlefish bone (Wuzeigu) and Poria (Fuling).
5. Damp-heat type of leukorrhea manifested by thick, yellow and profuse leukorrhea with offensive smell.
*Use with Phellodendron bark (Huangbai), Plantain seed (Cheqianzi) and Flavescent sophora root (Kushen).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in yin deficiency.|