Radix Angelicae Sinensis

 

Source
Root of Angeilca sinensis (Oliv.) Diels, family Umbelliferae.

Characteristics
The axial root concial, with several fibrous roots, 15-25 cm long, the root base 1.5-4.0 cm in diameter, brown in color. The cm long, the root longitudinally and wrinkled; the root lying flat at its top. cortex with brown appearing between sweet and acrid in and spleen channels. axial root conical, with several fibrous roots. Cork transversely lenticellate; the root body longitudinally base rounded flat, with lanceolate stem leaf remnant Prepared by crosscutting, the section showing abroad spotted oil cavities and an even xylem, cambium ring them. Soft in texture, delicately fragrant in smell. taste, warm in nature, and attributive to liver, heart.

Indication
1. Enrich blood: For blood-deficiency syndrome, usually used together with Radix Astragall seu Hedysari (Decoction of Angelicae Sinensis for Enriching Blood), or with Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata and Radix Paeoniae Alba.
2. Promote blood circulation, regulate menstruation and alleviate pain: For blood-deficiency, blood stasis or blood-dryness manifested as menoxenia, amenorrhea, menorrhalgia; or as headache, chest pain, abdominal pain and rheumatism, usually used together with Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Olibanun and Myrrha or as the early stage of skin infection or unhealed skin lesions, urticaria, eczema, prurigo, leukoderma, apoplexy, prolapse of rectum, bronchial asthma, arrhythmia, cor pulmonale, etc.
3. Moisturize dryness and loose bowel: For constipation attributive to dryness of intestine and blood deficiency.

Pharmacological Action
1. Dilating coronary artery, increasing coronary flow and decreasing oxygen consumption.
2. Relieving myocardial ischemia induced by pituitrin in animals.
3. Ferulic acid, one of its active components, can lower the level of blood lipids and counter the development of atheroma.
4. Promoting the phagocytosis of mononuclear macrophage.
5. Protecting the liver from damage and increasing biliary secretion.

Administration Decoction: 5-10g.
Injection: 5%-10% ampoule 24 ml IM 1-3 times daily;
Point injection: 0.5-1.0 ml for I point, 2-4 points for 1 time, once daily.


   

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