Angelica sinensis, “Angélique de Chine” in French, belongs to the Apiaceae botanical family. It is a herb that can be 1 m tall.
Native to China, it grows in high grounds in cool and damp areas, forests and shrubby thickets at 2500 to 3000 m.
Its root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, mostly in the treatment of menstrual problems and menopause symptoms, also fatigue, constipation and hypertension.
Among the constituents of Angelica sinensis, Z-ligustilide, ferulic acid, coniferyl ferulate and polysaccharides were particularly isolated as active components. Other components are imperatorin, butylphthalide, cnidilide, isoenidilide, p-cymene, etc.