Angelica iwatensis Kitag.
Angelica stenoloba Kitag.
Angelica stenoloba lanceolata (Tatew.) H.Hara
Ligusticum acutilobum Siebold & Zucc.
Common Name: Dong Dang Gui
Angelica acutiloba is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 30 - 100cm tall from a strongly aromatic taprrot that can be 10 - 25cm long and 1 - 2.5cm wide[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and a food - a popular medicine, it is sold at least in local markets. It is cultivated in China and Japan for its root, which has a range of medicinal uses[
All members of this genus contain furocoumarins, which increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and may cause dermatitis[
E. Asia - Japan, Korea
In the mountains of central. Japan[
Species in this genus generally grow best in a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[
Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[
Young leaves - cooked[
The root is emmenagogue, oxytocic, sedative and tonic. It is used in the treatment of women's complaints[
] and also eases dizziness[
The roots are used in Jilin as a regional substitute for the traditional Chinese medicine 'dang gui' (Angelica sinensis)[
Dang Gui is a well-known Chinese herb that has been used in the treatment of female ailments for thousands of years. Its reputation is perhaps second only to ginseng (Panax ginseng) and it is particularly noted for its 'blood tonic' effects on women[
]. The root has a sweet pungent aroma that is very distinctive and it is often used in cooking, which is the best way to take it as a blood tonic[
]. One report says that the root contains vitamin B12 and can be used in the treatment of pernicious anaemia[
]. See Angelica sinensis for more information.
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability[
]. Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in the spring.
The seed can also be sow in situ as soon as it is ripe.