A powerfully anti-inflammatory herb that can decrease contraction in uterine muscles to relieve pain and cramping that also has similar effects to serotonin to benefit mood.
Used in PMS Support.
We found more than 1,643 studies on Angelica — here’s what matters:
- While dong quai root, also known as angelica root, has been used for centuries in traditional medicines for women’s health issues, researchers have identified the bioactive compound as Z-ligustilide — a powerful compound that inhibits contraction in uterine muscle and also improves microcirculation in uterine tissue. What does that mean in plain english? Ligustilide helps relax menstrual cramps.
- Ligustilide is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which may help fight a number of period symptoms like pain and bloating.
- Angelica also contains several chemical components that behave similarly to serotonin, a super important neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Serotonin is also involved in the regulation of sleep, mood, appetite (think cravings), memory, and learning. In fact, most pharmaceutical treatments for PMS include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to improve serotonin levels.