Radix Angelicae Pubescentis


Root of Angelica pubescens Maxim. f. biserrata Shan. et Yuan, family Umbelliferae.

Root thick and fleshy, axial root well-developed, terete, with several branch roots in the lower part, 10-30 cm long; root top enlarged, 1-3 cm in diameter, annularly ringed, with depressed stem scars and remnant leaf bases at the top. Prepared by crosscutting. Section showing oily spots in the cortex, xylem even, vessels not obvious, cambium ring brown. Odour heavily fragrant, causing numbness of tongue when tasted. Bitter and acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to kidney and ufinary bladder channels.

1. Expel wind-dampness, relieve arthralgia, and alleviate pain: For arthralgia, especially that of wind-cold-dampness type and in the lower half of the body.
2. Expel cold and promote sweating to expel the exogenous evils from the body surface: For common cold of wind-cold type with severe chilliness and lower fever, or with dampness-syndrorne and arthralgia. In addition, external use for toothache.

Pharmacological Action
1. Sedative, analgesic and antiphlogistic.
2. Bergapten, an active component, is an ultraviolet absorbent and used for vitiligo.
3. Coumarin is antimycotic.

Administration Decoction:
3-9g. Tablet (containing coumarin): 3-6mg/kg for psoriasis.


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