Angelica Pubescens Root As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Angelica pubescens is a perennial plant in the family Apiaceae, it is native to Japan and China. The plant can grow to 1–2 meter tall with tripinnate leaves up to 1 m long, the leaflets being 5–10 cm long. The dried root of angelica pubescens is used for medication in traditional Chinese medicine where it is known as Du Huo (独活) with effect of dispelling wind and eliminating dampness.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, bitter, slightly warm-natured,


The root of angelica pubescens functions by influencing the kidney and bladder.

Indications & Formulas:

Medicated wine with root of Angelica pubescens and radix aconiti carmichaeli is taken orally to treat wind-toxicity related leg weakness.

A decoction of root of Angelica pubescens, papaya and the root of bidentate achyranthes is taken to help with swollen ankles and swollen feet.

Processed root of Angelica pubescens, wine and soybean are taken to cope with stroke.


Patients with yin deficiency should avoid taking Angelica pubescens.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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