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Common names: Angelica also is known as European angelica, and Echt engelwurz (German).
Ò...Little or no evidence of efficacy.
Safety rating:●...Little exposure or very minor concerns.
Angelica is a widely cultivated, aromatic biennial, northern European herb with fleshy, spindle-shaped roots, an erect stalk, and many greenish-yellow flowers arranged in an umbrella-like shape. The seeds are oblong and off-white. It is similar to and sometimes confused with the extremely toxic water hemlock, Cicuta maculata. There are several recognized varieties of A. archangelica, wild and cultivated. In the US, A. atropurpurea often is cultivated in place of the European species.
Angelica has been cultivated as a medicinal and flavoring plant in Scandinavian countries since the 12th century and in England since the 16th century. Angelica formerly was used as a sedative. The roots and seeds are used to distill a volatile oil used in perfumery and as a flavoring for gin and other alcoholic beverages. The candied leaves and stems are used to decorate cakes.GI conditions/Anti-inflammatory
The oil has been used medicinally to stimulate gastric secretion, and to treat flatulence. Topically, it is used to treat rheumatic and skin disorders. Research reveals there are no clinical data for the use of angelica for any medical condition.
Angelica root typically is given at doses of 3 to 6 g/day of the crude root.
The leaf and seed of angelica are unapproved.Pregnancy/nursing
Documented adverse effects. Emmenagogue (to stimulate menstrual flow) effects. Avoid use.Interactions
Avoid using angelica root concurrently with warfarin.Side Effects
Furanocoumarins in the plant may cause photodermatitis.Toxicities
Poisoning has been reported with high doses of angelica oils.
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