There are more species that belong to the Genus Angelica than you think. Angelica is the genus to which Angelica keiskei or Ashitaba belongs. Our friend, Adela Ang, who is popularizing the real Ashitaba, has found in the internet that there are many species that belong to this genus.
One of the interesting species she unearthed is Angelica sinensis which is popularly called the ‘Female Ginseng’. This species is called Dong Quai in China.
To quote: “Dong quai has been called ‘female ginseng’ because it is commonly used for health conditions in women. The plant has been used for menstrual cramps, anemia associated with menstruation, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pelvic pains, recovery from childbirth or illness, and fatigue or low energy. Dong quai is used in both men and women for heart conditins, high blood pressure, inflammation, headache, infections and nerve pain.”
There is, however, a warning.
To quote: “A. sinensis contains chemicals that are carcinogens (cancer-causing). It can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun leading to a greater risk for skin cancer. There is one case report of gynaecomastia following consumption of Dong Quai root powder pills.”