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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 46 Formulas

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
    • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident
    • For frequent heavy menstrual cycles
    • Pale complexion, fatigue, dizziness from qi deficiency
    • Vertigo, palpitations, anxiety from blood deficiency
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
  • Do not confuse with Ba Zheng Wan

Bai He Gu Jin Wan

  • Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal
    • General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, heat in the soles and palms, and flusing.
    • Cough/wheezing, possible blood in the sputum, dry and sore throat may present from lung yin and qi deficiency.
    • This formula can recovering smokers.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan

  • Great Yang Restoration Pills
    • Fatigue, weakness, with pale complexion due to chronic qi and blood deficiency.
    • Hemiplegia, slurred speech or involuntary muscle control due to blockage of the channels and collaterals.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Do not use for patients with liver wind or severe yin deficiency.

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

  • Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula
    • Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or diarrhea due to spleen yang deficiency.
    • Spontaneous or easy sweating, general fatigue, changes in appetite due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Pale complexion and preference for warm food or drinks due to spleen yang and qi deficiency.
    • Shortness of breath and noticable lack of desire to speak may present if both spleen and stomach qi are weak.
    • This formula is also commonly used for prolasped organs.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for yin deficient patients.

Chu Kou Wei Wan

  • Chu Kou Wei Wan
    • Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, throat, or mouth from stomach fire.
    • Ulcers, sores, or other types of abcess in the mouth due to persistent stomach heat.
    • Constant sense of hunger or noticable increse in appetite.
    • Commonly used to treat bad breath (halitosis).
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs

Da Bu Gan Wan

  • Major Liver Nutrition Pills
    • Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
    • Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation
    • Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases. 
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

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

Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan

  • Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction
    • A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - similar effects but with more spleen qi and blood tonification.
    • A range of stress related issues - essentially mixes of stagnation with underlying deficiencies.
    • Potential uses with immune / idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and other bruising/bleeding issues with appropriate diagnostic factors.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer Pills
    • Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important formula for liver qi stagnation with herbs added to clear heat.
    • Liver qi stagnation - menstrual issues, painful cycles, irregular cycles, breast distention, PMS, acne.
    • A range of mild to moderate psychological issues arising from liver qi stagnation such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, insomnia, anger issues, etc.
    • Physical symptoms from liver qi stagnation such as headaches, tightness in the chest, cold hands and feet, various eye issues.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

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

Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan

  • Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi
    • Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions.  One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one discussed here) is from Li's Pi Wei Lun (Discussion of the Spleen and Stomach) and tonifies the spleen more strongly.  Both have similar usages but are not directly interchangeable.  
    • Clears summerheat and dries dampness - summer colds and flus, heatstroke - fever, fatigue, excessive sweating with loose stools and heaviness in the body.
    • Along with respiratory infections in the right cases certain types of asthma may be appropriate for this formula.
    • Dampheat related inflammatory condtions such as Colitis are approprirate with the right underlying factors.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with symptoms of spleen deficiency and heat.
    • Wtih the right underlying factors the range of perimenopausal symptoms may be appropriate - low libido, fatigue, water retention, fibroids, heavy cycles.  Where this appear with spleen qi deficiency signs and kidney weakness, this formula may be appropriate.
  • Clear Heat
  • Relieve Summerheat

Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan

Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Si Wu Tang Wan

  • Four Substances Pills
    • The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation in Chinese Medicine terms - irregular cycles, amenorrhea or long cycles.
    • Postpartum issues such as uterine bleeding when arising from blood deficiency.
    • General blood deficiency symptoms - dry skin, dry eyes, dry hair, anemia, calf cramping.  Certain version of dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions - diabetic ulcers, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy.
    • Fertility issues, endometriosis.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during the early phases of a cold or flu.

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

Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan

  • Knee Joint Pain Relief
    • Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms.
    • Knee issues with kidney and liver systems involvement.
    • Lower body pain and/or inflammation - hips, knees, ankles, toes.
    • Connective tissue disorders.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan

  • Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life
    • Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever). 
    • Breast abscesses, mastitis.
    • Uses for rheumatoid arthritis and/or psoriasis with the right underlying diagnosis.
    • Internal abscesses from blood stasis.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Generally not for long-term use.
    • Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
    • Avoid with yin fire.

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

Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan

  • Blood Stasis Relief Pills
    • Qi and Blood stagnation - pain, cardiovascular issues, physical organ issues.
    • Coronary artery disease, angina and other cardiovascular issues.
    • Hepatitis and other liver function issues.
    • Migraines, headaches, neuralgia from most causes.
    • A range of menstrual issues including dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids - particularly with pain and/or bleeding.
    • Certain diagnostic types of psychological illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, chronic depression, etc.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
    • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
    • Generally not for long term use.

Yi Guan Jian Wan

  • Linking Decoction
    • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
    • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
    • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

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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