Angelica archangelica Common name: European angelica
Parts used: Root, seeds & leaves
Constituents: Volatile oil (root and seeds), macrocyclic lactones, phthalates, coumarins, flavonoids, sterols.
Medicinal actions: Digestive stimulant, astringent, expectorant, diaphoretic, carminative, diuretic, cholagogue, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic
Medicinal use: Stimulating expectorant and aromatic digestive tonic. Particularly useful for hypochlorhydria, dyspepsia, and bronchitis (especially when accompanied by fever, colds & influenza).
Pharmacy: Decoction of the root and/or seed; decoct 1 tsp for 5 min, 1 cup TID. Tincture: (1:5, 45%), 2-5 ml TID.
Contraindications: Inflammatory GIT conditions such as active peptic ulcers & gastritis.
Toxicity: None known. Excessive intake may cause photosensitivity.
Interactions: None known.