Dang Gui - Tonify Blood
LV, HT, SP (3-15g)


Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica)
- The Angel Lucifer and Original Sin
When God created the Angels and he was pleased in all but one of them. After Eve tonified her blood by eating the forbidden peaches from the sacred tree God's blood became invigorated and he sentenced Eve to a lifetime of painful and irregular menstruation. Eve developed eyes tired from crying and began to scratch her flesh which caused pus sores that became infected. But God took pity on her and regenerated her flesh, expelled her pus, stopped her crying, and alleviated her pain.

Eve had many sleepless nights (cc: yin def with heat) remembering all that (cc: dampness; diarrhea or abdominal pain).

English Name: tangkuei, angelica root, dong quai, Chinese angelica
Pharmacuetical Name: Radicis Angelicae Sinensis
Properties: sweet, acrid, warm

    Explanation of Key Words in this story...
peaches moistens intestines; unblocks bowels
tonify her blood tonifies blood
blood became invigorated... painful and irregular menstruation invigorates blood, alleviates pain, regulates menses
blood became weak tonifies blood
eyes tired from crying... regenerated flesh... expelled pus... alleviated her pain reduces swelling; alleviates pain; expels pus; generates flesh


      Dang Gui Actions and Indications
  • Tonifies Blood (pallid complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, Dang Gui is more tonifying than moving)
  • Invigorates blood; regulates menses; alleviates pain (irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea; pain due to blood stasis: abdominal pain, traumatic injury, carbuncles, especially with deficient cold; blood deficiency with chronic wind-damp-bi)
  • Moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels (dry intestines due to blood and yang deficiency)
  • Reduces swelling, expels pus, generates flesh, alleviates pain (chronic sores, abcesses; also for early stage of toxic swellings when combining with clear heat toxicity herbs)
  • (cc: caution with dampness: diarrhea or abdominal distension)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Dang Gui Shen (body) - tonify blood
  • Dang Gui Wei (tail) - invigorates blood
  • Quan Dang Gui (whole) - harmonize blood, tonify and invigorate
    Special Notes:
  • One clinical study showed 90.2% effectiveness in treating 51 patients with cough and wheeze. Most patients responded in 2-3 hours.
  • For post-partum w/ early stage of common cold combine Dang Gui with Huang Qi.

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