Angelica gigas

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Angelica gigas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Angelica
Species: A. gigas
Binomial name
Angelica gigas

Angelica gigas (Dang Gui) is a monocarpic biennial or short lived perennial plant from China, Japan and Korea. It inhabits forests, grasslands and banks of streams. The roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine.


Angelica gigas is a stout plant that is 1 to 2 meters high with deep thick roots and purplish ribbed stem. Its leaf blades have a triangular-ovate outline. It has a 20–40 × 20–30 cm, 2–3-ternate-pinnate arrangement. The plant's purple umbel measures 5–8 cm across. Its dark purple-red obovate flowers blooms in late summer.


For moist garden soil in full sun or semishade. The plant is best propagated through seeds in the spring. The plant is a perennial plant that flowers in the months of July to August.[1]


Chemical components[edit]

Recent research in 2007 has isolated a chemical from the root of the plant, a coumarin derivative called decursin, that may have anti-androgenic properties in vitro.[2]


  1. ^ "Angelica gigas - Nakai.". Plants for a Future. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Lu, J; Kim, SH; Jiang, C; Lee, H; Guo, J (2007). "Oriental herbs as a source of novel anti-androgen and prostate cancer chemopreventive agents". Acta pharmacologica Sinica 28 (9): 1365–72. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7254.2007.00683.x. PMID 17723170. 

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