Angelica seed and herb (Angelicae fructus, Angelicae herba)

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


Name of Drug

Angelicae fructus, angelica seed.
Angelicae herba, angelica herb.

Composition of Drug

Angelica seed consists of the fruit of Angelica archangelica L. [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Angelica herb consists of the above-ground parts of A. archangelica L., as well as preparations thereof.


Preparations of angelica seed and herb are used as a diuretic and diaphoretic.

The effectiveness for these applications is not documented.


The herb contains furanocoumarin, which renders the skin photosensitive.


Since the effectiveness for the claimed uses has not been documented, and considering the risks, a therapeutic application cannot be justified.

Ed. note: Angelica root is an approved herb.]. -->