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ANGELICA

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American Angelica, Angélica, Angelica acutiloba, Angelica archangelica, Angelica atropurpurea, Angelica curtisi, Angelica Dahurica, Angelica officinalis, Angelica sylvestris, Angelicae Dahuricae, Angelicae Dahuricae Radix, Angelicae Fructus, Ang...
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ANGELICA Overview
ANGELICA Uses
ANGELICA Side Effects
ANGELICA Interactions
ANGELICA Dosing
ANGELICA Overview Information

Angelica is a plant. The root, seed, and fruit are used to make medicine.

Angelica is used for heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), loss of appetite (anorexia), arthritis, circulation problems, "runny nose" (respiratory catarrh), nervousness, plague, and trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Some women use angelica to start their menstrual periods. Sometimes this is done to cause an abortion.

Angelica is also used to increase urine production, improve sex drive, stimulate the production and secretion of phlegm, and kill germs.

Some people apply angelica directly to the skin for nerve pain (neuralgia), joint pain (rheumatism), and skin disorders.

In combination with other herbs, angelica is also used for treating premature ejaculation.

How does it work?

Angelica root might work in premature ejaculation by increasing the threshold of vibrations and senses received by the penis.

ANGELICA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Effective for:

  • Upset stomach (dyspepsia), when a combination of angelica and five other herbs is used. A specific combination product containing angelica (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc) seems to improve symptoms of upset stomach including acid reflux, stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting. The combination includes angelica plus peppermint leaf, clown's mustard plant, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, milk thistle, celandine, and lemon balm.
  • Premature ejaculation, when applied directly to the skin of the penis in combination with other medicines. The multi-ingredient cream studied in research (SS Cream, Cheil Jedang Corporation) contains Panax ginseng root, angelica root, Cistanches deserticola, Zanthoxyl species, torlidis seed, clove flower, asiasari root, cinnamon bark, and toad venom.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Intestinal cramps and gas.
  • Nerve pain.
  • Arthritis-like pain.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Promoting sweating.
  • Increasing urine production (diuretic).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of angelica for these uses.


ANGELICA Side Effects & Safety

Angelica seems to be safe when used in food amounts, although Canada does not allow the Archangelica species as food ingredients. There isn’t enough information to know if angelica is safe when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts.

Angelica root seems to be safe for most adults when used as a cream, short-term.

If you take angelica, wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned. Angelica might make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Angelica may not be safe when taken by mouth during pregnancy. It’s suggested that angelica can cause uterine contractions, and this could threaten the pregnancy.

There isn’t enough information about the safety of taking angelica if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side, and don’t use it.

ANGELICA Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for ANGELICA Interactions

ANGELICA Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For stomach upset: A specific combination product containing angelica (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc) and several other herbs has been used in a dose of 1 mL three times daily.

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