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Traditional Asian medicine has used dong quai root, also known as angelica root, for centuries. Dong quai is a perennial plant originating from the mountains in Japan, Korea, and China. Its roots possess several therapeutic properties for conditions related to women’s health, cardiovascular health, and mood. Given the dong quai health benefits, angelica root is contained in several natural supplements. This article will discuss the many angelica root extract uses.
Benefits of angelica root
Maintenance of the heart
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a prominent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease or cerebrovascular disease, contribute to 17.5 million deaths worldwide.
Traditional Mexican medicine utilizes dong quai supplements for their potent pharmacologic effects. Common uses include indications for fever, cough, and cancer. In addition, angelica has antioxidant and vasoactive properties. These provide beneficial cardiovascular effects by decreasing vascular tension (1).
Beats daily stress
More than 450 people worldwide experience some sort of mental or behavioral illness, so there is a need for effective treatment. The dong quai root benefits extend to its ability to combat stress and anxiety. Animal research has evaluated angelica root for its anxiolytic effects, particularly in animal models. One study analyzed how different parts of the angelica plant affected anxiety in rats undergoing a maze test. Findings indicated that the behavioral changes in mice treated with angelica were consistent with its expected anxiolytic effects. Results were similar to those in rats taking diazepam (2).
Helps support normal blood flow
Angelica root extract can be particularly beneficial for heart-related conditions such as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up within the artery, decreasing blood flow and oxygen to your body’s organs. A few studies have evaluated its anti-atherosclerosis effects, and results found that angelica root:
- Reversed endothelial cell damage, showing an anti-atherogenic effect
- Decreased triglyceride levels in rabbits after four weeks of treatment
- Decreased the number of plaques in the aorta
- Increased circulation of blood
- Decreased the size of cerebral infarction (stroke) and consequent neurological deficit scores
- Lowered blood clotting
Thus, angelica root can mitigate issues related to blood flow through its antiplatelet and anti-atherosclerosis effects and its promotion of blood circulation (3).
Relief from menstrual cramps, hot flashes, or night sweats
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses angelica root for women’s health conditions such as irregular periods, period symptoms, and menopausal symptoms. For premenstrual symptoms, it may be helpful for mood, breast swelling and tenderness, headache, and bloating (4).
In the context of menopause, investigators have evaluated angelica in post-menopausal women experiencing hot flashes. Other studies assessed its ability to relieve menstrual cramping (5). Research has shown that angelica can be a muscle relaxant, even in the uterus (6).
Promotes a healthy digestive tract function
Some also use angelica root for its beneficial effects on the digestive system. It may be helpful for common digestion issues like stomach upset, indigestion, and low appetite. However, evidence and research is lacking in this area.
Depression is a common mental illness that affects roughly 20 percent of the world’s population. It causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and feelings of worthlessness, leading to disability. Dong quai root extract may improve symptoms of depression due to its antidepressant effects.
One animal model analyzed chronically depressed rats receiving angelica at a dose of 1 g/kg. Findings indicated that angelica treated depression-associated behaviors via the BDNF signaling pathway. Thus angelica may have antidepressant properties (7). Another rat study evaluated how angelica affected depression associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) dysregulation in rats. Findings indicated that daily treatment with angelica extract reversed depression and anxiety-related behaviors. (8).
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