Called the “female ginseng” or the “ultimate herb for women,” Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui) has been used to relieve pain related to menstruation since 588 B.C. Known for its warming, restorative qualities, Angelica Root is believed to strengthen the heart, lung, spleen, kidney and liver meridian systems, the latter of which encircles the genitals.
What does this mean? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that Qi (pronounced chē, aka energy) must flow freely through established meridian systems, or pathways, of the body. Qi moves blood through the circulatory system, so without free-flowing Qi, there is no free-flowing blood. This can result in blockage, or pain, in the body.
The liver meridian system is of great importance, as it maintains the flow of Qi. The liver, spleen and kidney pathways all cross the pelvis, near the uterus; so any resistance of free-flowing energy in this area could result in menstrual pain.
Angelica Root is ideal for addressing blocked energy in this area, as it is widely used to tonify the blood and improve circulation. Eastern and Western cultures both use this herb to balance menstrual cycles or relax muscle cramps, particularly those related to abdominal pain. While Angelica Root is ideal for gynecological issues, it may also help decrease clouded thinking.
Nutrients and antioxidants found in Angelica Root include Vitamins B1, B2, B5 and C as well as Beta-Carotene, Calcium, Ferulic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium and Zinc. Many of these compounds are beneficial for liver meridian system-related issues and menstrual pain, particularly those in the Vitamin B family.
To increase the potency of Angelica Root, we combined it with eight other Chinese herbs that move the blood or Qi, as well as Thiamine (Vitamin B1), known to help reduce menstrual pain. You can find this powerful cocktail of herbal extracts and vitamins in our Balance Blends Cramp Whisperer Extrapolent™, designed to improve the flow of Qi for a more comfortable monthly cycle. Learn more about Cramp Whisperer here.