Angelica root (Angelicae radix) – angelic powers to combat gastrointestinal problems

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Angelica root (Angelicae radix) – angelic powers to combat gastrointestinal problems 

Green plant pf angelica root, that calms the stomach

According to legend, the Archangel Raphael brought the angelica plant to Earth - hence its name - Angelica archangelica. Even before the Black Plague angelica was thought to be a universal healing and protective plant, some thought that just smelling its flowers will cure disease.  

Regarding the herb as a mystical panacea is no longer true today, but it has been proven its effects, especially in the treatment of gastrointestinal discomfort. You can learn how angelica works here.

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The effect of angelica root 

Angelica contains in its roots substances that relax and calm the tension in the irritable stomach. Because of its antispasmodic effect the root is used as a remedy for the feeling of fullness and slight flatulence. 

As part of Iberogast® the Angelica root can balance the irritable stomach: Its extracts showed relaxing effects on the upper part of the stomach and tonicizing effect on slack muscles such as the ones found in the lower, transporter area of the stomach. Angelica was also shown to regulate gastric acid production. As a result, digestion can be balanced.  

In addition, angelica has an anti-inflammatory effect. Because of the analgesic and blood circulation-promoting properties it was used in folk medicine for muscle soreness and tension. Since angelica can irritate the skin due to its phototoxic properties, any external application should be carried out with caution. 

At a glance: This is how Angelica root works in Iberogast®

The following table shows the different active contributions of Angelica root in Iberogast®

Active benefits of angelica root in the frame of irritable stomach   
Activation of the musculature in the lower stomach 
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Relaxation of the musculature in the upper stomach 
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Anti-inflammatory 
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Regulation of acid production 
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Protection of the mucosa 
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Angelica root: History

In the Middle Ages, angelica was cultivated as a food, especially in the rough Scandinavian climates. Today, it is still highly regarded in some cultures, like the Sami, who still use it as a vegetable, spice and a candy. One reported example includes the use a flavouring for reindeer milk.

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