Angelica root (Angelicae radix)

Published June 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Angelikawurzel

Name of Drug

Angelicae radix, angelica root.

Composition of Drug

Angelica root consists of the dried root and rhizome of Angelica archangelica L. [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil, coumarin, and coumarin derivatives.

Uses

Loss of appetite, peptic discomforts such as mild spasms of the gastrointestinal tract, feeling of fullness, flatulence.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

The furanocoumarins present in angelica root sensitize the skin to light. Subsequent exposure to UV radiation can lead to inflammation of the skin. During treatment with the drug or its preparations, prolonged sun-bathing and exposure to intense UV radiation should be avoided.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

4.5 g of drug; 1.5 - 3 g fluidextract (1:1); 1.5 g tincture (1:5); equivalent preparations; 10 - 20 drops of essential oil. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb and other oral galenical preparations.

Actions

Antispasmodic
Cholagogue
Stimulates the secretion of gastric juices.