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Overview Information

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

Angelica is used for heartburn (dyspepsia), intestinal gas (flatulence), loss of appetite (anorexia), overnight urination (nocturia), arthritis, stroke, dementia, circulation problems, "runny nose" (respiratory catarrh), nervousness and anxiety, fever, 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 applied to the skin for treating premature ejaculation.

Angelica is also used as a smell in aromatherapy to reduce symptoms associated with quitting tobacco (nicotine withdrawal).

How does it work?

Angelica contains chemicals that might kill cancer cells and fungus, reduce anxiety, and settle the stomach.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Effective for

  • Indigestion (dyspepsia). 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.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Quitting smoking. Early research shows that breathing in vapors of angelica essential oil for 2 minutes a few times per day might reduce tobacco cravings. But more research is needed to confirm this finding.
  • Excessive urination at night (nocturia). Taking angelica by mouth might help men with small bladders to reduce the number of times they wake up to urinate at night. But it doesn't seem to help other men.
  • Early orgasm in men (premature ejaculation). A cream made from angelica and many other ingredients might improve premature ejaculation when applied directly to the skin of the penis. The multi-ingredient cream studied in research (SS Cream) contains Panax ginseng root, angelica root, Cistanches deserticola, Zanthoxyl species, torlidis seed, clove flower, asiasari root, cinnamon bark, and toad venom. It isn't clear if this effect is due to angelica or the other ingredients.
  • Bed sores (pressure ulcers). Early research shows that applying Angelica dahurica to a pressure ulcer might help it to heal faster.
  • Anxiety.
  • Dementia.
  • Fever.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Increasing urine production.
  • Intestinal cramps and gas.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Nerve pain.
  • Pain.
  • Stroke.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of angelica for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Angelica is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts normally found in foods. There isn't enough information to know if angelica is safe when taken by mouth as a medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Angelica is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when applied to the skin 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. 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.



We currently have no information for ANGELICA Interactions.



The following doses have been studied in scientific research:


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

View References


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  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at:
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  • Gong F, Niu J, Pei X. Clinical effects of Angelica dahurica dressing on patients with I-II phase pressure sores. Pharmazie. 2016;71(11):665-669. View abstract.
  • Harada M, Suzuki M, Ozaki Y. Effect of Japanese Angelica root and peony root on uterine contraction in the rabbit in situ. J Pharmacobiodyn 1984;7:304-11. View abstract.
  • Holtmann G, Madisch A, Juergen H, et al. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial on the effects of an herbal preparation in patients with functional dyspepsia [Abstract]. Ann Mtg Digestive Disease Week 1999 May.
  • Kumar D, Bhat ZA, Kumar V, Shah MY. Coumarins from Angelica archangelica Linn. and their effects on anxiety-like behavior. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2013;40:180-6. View abstract.
  • Kumar D, Bhat ZA. Anti-anxiety Activity of Methanolic Extracts of Different Parts of Angelica archangelica Linn. J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Jul;2(3):235-41. View abstract.
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  • Lo AC, Chan K, Yeung JH, Woo KS. Danggui (Angelica sinensis) affects the pharmacodynamics but not the pharmacokinetics of warfarin in rabbits. Eur J Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 1995;20:55-60. View abstract.
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  • Sigurdsson S, Geirsson G, Gudmundsdottir H, Egilsdottir PB, Gudbjarnason S. A parallel, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to investigate the effect of SagaPro on nocturia in men. Scand J Urol. 2013;47(1):26-32. View abstract.
  • Sigurdsson S, Ogmundsdottir HM, Gudbjarnason S. Antiproliferative effect of Angelica archangelica fruits. Z Naturforsch [C] 2004;59:523-7. View abstract.
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