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Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui Wei)

Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui Wei)

In recent years, Chinese angelica has become a popular herb in the United States. Though it's use has been mainly due to its function in treating common women's health issues. Chinese angelica also goes by some of the following names: dong quai (dongquai), tang kuei (tangkuei), female ginseng, to name a few.

Historically, angelica sinensis has been used in Chinese medicine for gynecological issues related to the blood.  Also, extracts of dang gui have been clinically shown to have antitumor, anti-tuberculosis, neuroprotective, and hematopoeitic effects in vitro[1].  Dang gui also contains certain polysaccharides which may assist in treatment of osteoarthritis[2], anemia[3], and cellular oxidative damage[4].

Dang gui can be used either internally or externally.  When externally applied to wounds, angelica sinensis can be used to reduce swelling, expel pus, and alleviate pain[5].  Chinese herbal medicine theory states that dang gui wei (translated dang gui tail, or root) is similar to dang gui, but has more blood invigorating and moving properties.

Battle Balm® uses High Quality Cultivated Chinese Angelica Root as one of its 20 key ingredients.  Dang gui wei is just one of the many proven herbal compounds used to promote blood circulation, reduce swelling, and manage acute and chronic pain so you can heal from injury quickly and get back to training!

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References:

  1. http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/dong-quai (Dong Quai)
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20347925 (Hematopoietic effect of water-soluble polysaccharides from Angelica sinensis...)
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22155392 (Hematopoietic and myeloprotective activities of an acidic Angelica sinensis polysaccharide on human CD34 stem cells)
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23668019 (Angelica sinensis polysaccharides delay aging of hematopoeitic stem cells through inhibitting oxidative damge)
  5. Bensky, Dan, Steven Clavey, and Erich Stoger. Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, Third Edition. 3rd ed. New York: Eastland, 2004. Print.

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