Angelica Sinensis As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai or “female ginseng” is a herb from the family Apiaceae, indigenous to China. The root of Angelica sinensis is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It is effective in enriching blood, regulating menstruation, lubricating stools, preventing cancer, anti-aging and enhancing immunity.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, pungent, warm-natured,


Angelica sinensis works by influencing the liver, heart and spleen.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of Angelica sinensis (washed with wine) and astragalus propinquus (processed with honey) can be used in treatment for deficiency of blood.

A decoction of Angelica sinensis, wine and Sichuan lovage rhizome is a good therapy for anemia due to excessive bleeding.

A mixture of powdered Angelica sinensis and Angelica root can be taken with rice soup to cope with constipation.

A decoction of Angelica sinensis, myrrh and safflower (Carthamus tinctorius, Chinese: 红花) can be taken to heal amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation) in teens.

A mixture of porphyrized Angelica sinensis and spikes of Schizonepeta can be taken with wine and urine of boys under ten to treat postpartum stroke.

A mixture of cooked Angelica sinensis, sesame oil and beeswax can be processed into ointment, the ointment is to be applied externally to cope with burn blisters.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched amethyst powder, cyperus rotundus (nut grass), Angelica sinensis, sichuan lovage rhizome, white atractylodes rhizome, boxthorn seeds and prepared rehmannia root are to be made into pills for oral taking to cope with “uterine cold” (characterized by infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss) in women.

A decoction of ginseng, Angelica sinensis, pig’s kidney, sticky rice and white onions can be used in boosting energy levels after childbirth.

A mixture of red coral, amber, pearl, ginseng, white atractylodes rhizome, Angelica sinensis and arisaema with bile are to be pounded into powder; the powder can be taken to treat coma, epilepsy and metal disorders.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched amethyst powder, angelica sinensis, polygala tenuifolia, spina date seed, fritillaria cirrhosa, poria cocos, platycladi seed and coptis are to be made into pills for oral taking in the morning to treat dysphoria and insomnia.

Powdered sal ammoniac and angelica sinensis can be taken with warm wine to expel a dead fetus.

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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