Angelica: TCM’s Premier Gynecological Herb - Root + Bones

Angelica: TCM’s Premier Gynecological Herb

Dang Gui (Radix Angelica Sinensis) is arguably TCM’s most important gynecological herb, exhibiting extremely supportive properties for women’s physiology throughout the various reproductive phases of her life. It is tonifying to the Spleen, Kidneys, Liver, and Thyroid – all of which play a crucial and synergistic role for women’s hormonal balance. As a superior Blood tonic, a potent beauty agent, and a rich source of cellular nourishment—especially in the form of B vitamins, it is a beloved ally of the feminine… but not exclusively! 


Also known as the "female ginseng," Angelica has an extremely cherished bi-directional and regulating action on the uterus. It supports menstrual cycle regulation, improved circulation, and overall reproductive health. Angelica is commonly enlisted to support those with dysmenorrhea (painful menses), amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation), and PMS. It has long been used in TCM to treat infertility as it helps balance the hormones and nourishes the Blood – essential for both a healthy menstrual cycle and creating a hospitable environment for a developing embryo. Considered a supreme Blood tonic, its mastery in rebuilding red blood cells and enhancing blood volume is basically unparalleled, making Angelica a beloved herbal postpartum companion. Its harmonizing action on the hormones extends into support during (peri)menopause, and it is commonly enlisted to help minimize symptoms like hot flashes. 


Angelica is truly one of the best herbs to support Thyroid function, which plays an instrumental role in overall hormonal balance and is responsible for regulating metabolism, energy levels, and body temperature. Thyroid issues, which are considered imbalances between Yin and Yang, greatly benefit from the bi-directional properties of Angelica. Indeed, both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are characterized by Qi and Blood deficiencies resulting from overabundant Yin or Yang, respectively. This modulating, bi-directional action means that Angelica’s constituents will perform as needed in order to help restore the stressed physiological conditions to a normalized state – capable of either toning down hyperactive systems or stimulating hypoactive systems. 


Some of the Thyroid’s greatest allies are Rehmannia, Angelica, and He Shou Wu – all included in our postpartum Nurture blend. This formula combines synergistic Taoist herbs traditionally enlisted to support women’s vitality, nourish the Blood, and help maintain robust feminine health. While this is important after giving birth, it’s also beneficial for anyone who is Blood deficient, including those with heavy periods, anemia, or even vegetarians who may be at risk for insufficient Blood-nourishing foods.


As hinted above, Angelica is not only beneficial for women. Its renown as a Blood tonic translates to its widespread use in supporting those with anemia. The same replenishment it offers post-menstruation and in the postpartum period is also beneficial for those recovering from surgery, illness, or injury. It’s additionally rich in nutrients like vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin, nicotinic acid, and folinic acid, which support optimal cellular function. Its circulation-promoting properties promote detoxification of the skin specifically, and it is often used to treat