Angelica sinensis is a traditional Chinese medicinal plant which has been widely
used for various ailments as tonic, hematopoietic and anti-inflammatory including
gynaecological disorders. The root is the part preferentially used for medicinal purpose.
Modern phytochemistry and pharmacological experiments revealed several bioactive
phytoconstituents in Angelica sinensis and also indicated polysaccharides as major active
ingredients in the plant. The plant possessed various important biological activities, such as
haematopoiesis, immunomodulation, antitumor, antioxidant, radioprotection, etc. The aim of the present
review is to summarize previous and current studies regarding the ethnopharmacology of the plant including
phytoconstituents and other related issues.
Keywords: Angelica, antioxidant, chinese angelica, dong quai, haematopoietic, immunomodulatory,
traditional chinese medicine.
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