(NaturalNews) Angelica, scientifically named Angelica archangelica, is a very well regarded herb in traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean medicine. In China, as much as the men highly view ginseng, the women see angelica as a sweet and spicy herb that can truly help them with their own physical issues. The Chinese call it Dong Quai and have used it for a variety of ailments over the past two thousand years.
Besides being used as a tonic for the blood by helping with circulation, angelica serves the purpose of treating women's lack of sexual desire, cramps and PMS as well as symptoms of menopause. This herb is thought to balance and normalize women's individual cycles, rhythms and systems. Apparently, it has the ability to somewhat alleviate the pain and cramps usually associated with women's menstrual cycles. By balancing out female hormone levels and regulating them, it may also enable women to get some sort of relief from their menopausal symptoms. In previous tests when combined with black cohosh, it had demonstrated effectiveness in diminishing effects from PMS.
So how does it positively affect the circulatory system ? Well, it does so in various ways. First, it is believed to help lower blood pressure by facilitating blood circulation. When blood circulation is improved, it allows for many other bodily functions to work in a much better way. This translates to improved oxygenation of the cells and tissues, also leading to better overall cleansing of the toxins found in the body and most likely reducing occurrences of migraines, tinnitus or blurred vision. Interestingly, not only does angelica purify the blood and provide a boost to circulation, but it can also prevent blood loss by improving the natural clotting process.
The other important medicinal uses of angelica
This herb will assist your digestion and relieve you of upset stomachs or other intestinal problems. This is mainly due to angelica's chemicals that inhibit fermentation, therefore limiting the possible effects of bloating and gas. It encourages the production of digestive liquids, which in turn guarantees much better movement of foods within the intestines, as well as a noticeable improvement in regards to the absorption of nutrients in the blood stream.
Angelica may diminish the pain associated to strong coughs caused by bronchitis. It can also help strengthen the fragile lungs of the chronically ill while also getting rid of the detrimental excess mucus found in them.
It is worth noting that a 2008 Japanese study conducted on mice gave researchers hope that it may actually have some anti-cancer properties. Tumor growth within the colon seemed inhibited by the powerful actions of chalcones isolated from Angelica keiskei roots. More tests are required to confirm these preliminary results.
About the author: After spending several years working in property management and being a web consultant for PS Communications, P. Simard is now on his way to becoming a naturopath in the province of Quebec. Always searching for the truth with an open mind, his innate passion for knowledge and overall health matters has finally led him to Natural News.
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