Dang Gui Chinese Angelica Root - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dang Gui Names

  • English Name: Chinese Angelica Root
  • Pinyin Name: Dang Gui

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Dang Gui Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
  • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
  • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
  • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.

Dang Gui Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 3-15g
  • Fry in vinegar or wine to increase blood invigorating property.
  • Toast to warm channels and stop bleeding.

Dang Gui Appears In 43 Formulas

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
  • Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Bai He Gu Jin Wan

  • Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal
  • For lung and kidney yin deficiency with signs such as dry cough, possibly with blood streaked sputum, dry and sore throat, heat in the five palms, nightsweats, wheezing.

    The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

  • Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula
  • For Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency - spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, desire for warm beverages, shortness of breath, intermittent fever, weak speech/low voice, weak limbs, loose/watery stools.

    The Pulse will be deficient and rootless in the spleen position or simply deficient overall and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi

Die Da Wan

  • Trauma Healing Pill
  • Useful for many types of traumatic injuries, broken bones, sprains, fractures, etc. anywhere in the body.  Also useful for fixed abdominal masses, ulcerations, sciatica, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and angina among others.

    In the case of traumatic injury the tongue and pulse may hold less clinical significance, for other conditions the Pulse may be wiry and the Tongue may be darker or show darkness in specific areas.

  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood from Traumatic Injury

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

Er Xian Tang Wan

Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

Gui Pi Wan

  • Restore the Spleen Formula
  • The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle.  General indications are anxiety, phobias, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor appetite, pallid complexion.

    In women spleen and heart deficiencies may lead to prolonged periods with little flow or early periods, heavier with pale blood.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Jiao Ai Wan

  • Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula
  • This formula is generally a tonifying agent with herbs to invigorate the blood it is used for excessive menstruation, excessive spotting between periods or bleeding during pregnancy.  Other uses would be uterine bleeding and restless fetus syndrome.

    The Tongue is generally pale with a thin white coat and the Pulse will be thin and frail.

  • Stop Bleeding
  • Tonify and Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of beng lou (flooding and spotting) when caused by heat or accompanied with strong heat signs.

Long Dan Xie Gan Wan

  • Gentiana Purge Liver Formula
  • Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes, diminished hearing and/or swollen sensation in ears/head.  May have urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia.  Women may have leukorrhea with a strong odor.

    The Pulse will be wiry, rapid and forceful and the Tongue will be red with a yellow tongue coating.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs

Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan

Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Si Wu Tang Wan

Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan

  • Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward
  • Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such as wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath (particularly difficulty inhaling), chest oppression.  Possibly signs of kidney qi/yang deficiency such as edema, weak low back and/or legs, fatigue.

    The Tongue will have a white coating that can be either greasy or slippery.

  • Regulate the Qi
  • Direct Rebellious Qi Downward

Tian Wan Bu Xin Wan

  • Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart
  • Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, low grade fever, restless sleep, poor memory, poor focus and concentration, nocturnal emissions, dry stools.

    Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

  • Calm The Spirit
  • Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

Wu Lin San Wan

Wu Mei Wan

  • Mume Fruit Pill
  • Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  Roundworms may be observed in vomit.

    Also has a broader application in chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.  Symptoms may be chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain (often that is better w/heat).

    With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.

  • Expel Parasites

Xiao Feng Wan

  • Clear Wind Pill
  • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping, comprising such conditions as psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, etc.

    The Pulse will generally be forceful, floating and rapid and the Tongue will have a yellow or white tongue coating.

  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels

Xiao Huo Luo Wan

Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer
  • Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth.  In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.

  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Yi Guan Jian Wan

You Gui Wan

  • Restore the Right Kidney Pill
  • Signs of Kidney Yang deficiency - cold extremities, fatigue, impotence, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, infertility, loose stools, incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), edema in the lower body.

    The Pulse will be weak and the Tongue will be be pale with a thin white moist coat.

  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang

Yu Dai Wan

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