Last update July 10, 2017


High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives). Read the Comment.

Shrub. The root is used. It contains essential oils, lactones, tannins, coumarins (furanocumarinas), sitosterol.
Not to be confused with Chinese angelica (see specific information).

Indication from Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: orexigen, spasmolytic, cholagogue.

None of the therapeutic properties attributed to it have been scientifically proven. There is very published literature and even less regarding in humans.

Furanocoumarins are phototoxic and, together with sun exposure (ultraviolet radiation), are considered to be carcinogenic (EMA 2007).

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.

The lack of literature and the potential carcinogenic risk added to the lack of precise therapeutic indications make it an entirely non-essential product, especially during breastfeeding.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, as well as poisoning from heavy metals extracted from the ground and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi.
2. Do not take in large amounts; follow recommendations from professional experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not always good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can result in poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if taken in excessive amounts or time periods.

See below the information of this related product:

  • Chinese angelica (Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Angelica is also known as

Angelica in other languages or writings:


Angelica belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Angelica in its composition:


  1. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. 1992 - - Disponible en: Consulted on Dec. 21, 2023 Abstract
  2. EMA. Reflection paper on the risks associated with Furocoumarins contained in preparations of Angelica archangelica L. Committee on herbal medicinal products. (HMPC). 2007 Full text (in our servers)

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