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Angelica dahurica - (Fisch.)Benth.&Hook.f. ex Franch. & Sav.
                 
Common Name Bai Zhi
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All members of this genus contain furocoumarins, which increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and may cause dermatitis[238].
Habitats Damp habitats in mountains, C. Japan[58, 200]. Thickets[254]. In grasses of valleys, by streams or at forest edges in China[266].
Range E. Asia - Japan, Korea, Siberia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Angelica dahurica Bai Zhi


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Angelica dahurica Bai Zhi
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Physical Characteristics
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Angelica dahurica is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[105, 177].
Medicinal Uses


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Analgesic;  Antibacterial;  Antidote;  Carminative;  Diaphoretic;  Poultice;  Stimulant.

Bai Zhi has been used for thousands of years in Chinese herbal medicine where it is used as a sweat-inducing herb to counter harmful external influences[254]. Bai Zhi is contraindicated for pregnant women[254]. The root contains an essential oil, resins, furanocoumarins etc[283]. It is analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, antidote, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, poultice and stimulant[176, 178, 218]. It is used in the treatment of frontal headache, tothache, rhinitis, boils, carbuncles and skin diseases[176, 279]. It appears to be of value in treating the facial pain of trigeminal neuralgia[254]. The roots are harvested in the autumn, dried and stored for later use[283]. Small quantities of angelicotoxin, one of the active ingredients in the root, have an excitatory effect on the respiratory centre, central nervous system and vasculomotor centre. It increases the rate of respiration, increases blood pressure, decreases the pulse, increases the secretion of saliva and induces vomiting[176]. In large doses it can cause convulsions and generalized paralysis[176].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know how hardy it will be in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[200]. Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability[200]. Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[200]. 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.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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(Fisch.)Benth.&Hook.f. ex Franch. & Sav.
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Anna Poh Mon Nov 3 2008
regards to angelica dahurica, does the plant have the properties to reduce white discharge for women.
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