Scientific Names: Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels
Common Names: Dang Gui,
The root of Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels (Fam. Umbelliferae).
Mainly in Chinese provinces such as Gansu. Mostly cultivated.
Harvest & Processing:
Dig up roots after autumn, generally in the second year of cultivation; remove leaves, rootlets and soil; let stand to let the moisture inside evaporate briefly until the roots soften; tie into small bundles; dry slowly over low heat. Commonly used in Hong Kong in the form of length-wise cut slices of the top part or of the whole root.
Slightly cylindrical; upper part known as ' guitou ' (Angelica head), axial root known as ' guishen ' (Angelica body), branch roots known as ' gui wei ' (Angelica tails), whole root known as ' quangui ' ('whole Angelica'). Bark yellowish-brown to reddish-brown, marked with longitudinal wrinkles and lalongate (transversely elongated) lenticels; axial root thick and short, lower part with branch roots; branch roots thick at top part and tapering downwards, mostly twisted and marked with a few scars of rootlets. Soft and pliable; when broken, surface yellowish-white or pale yellowish-brown; cortex thick, marked with brown oil dots; cambium ring yellowishbrown; xylem lighter in colour, marked with radial markings; the core of broken surface of top part usually with pith and a cavity. Odour: heavily aromatic; taste: sweet, acrid and slightly bitter.
为伞形科植物当归Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels的干燥根。
Mainly contains essential oils with the ligustilide as the main component; also contains polyacetylene such as falcarindol.
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Evaluation of estrogenic activity of plant extracts for the potential treatment of menopausal symptoms.
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Immunopharmacological studies of low molecular weight polysaccharide from Angelica sinensis.
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