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The Angelica Person....Thin, dry, pallid persons with poor digestion, gas, bloating, but tendencies to accumulation of fluids; poor peripheral circulation, cold hands and feet.
If the person is thin and dry, what would the accumulation of fluids look like? Is it just a swollen tongue?
I don't have experience with angelica (however, I just planted it in the garden last fall so if it made it through the winter, I'll get to know her this summer...). I would wonder if one case could be someone who is "thin on the inside" but retaining fluid. I think of my dad who got very puffy the last couple years of his life, but when medications were withdrawn by hospice, he shed all the fluid he had been retaining and in a matter of days was very thin. So maybe we have to look at a person's constitution and then the imbalance to see the thin & dry but still accumulation of fluids? Swollen tongue for sure. This will be a fun one to figure out.
Angelica Complexion is yellow/gray; yellow/gray/green/blue; yellow/gray/purple/red. Why is it gray? What is happening in the body and why does Angelica work? (Maybe gray is a sign of atrophy?)
Calendula...The tongue is "slightly puffy and atonic, with indentations; heat in the digestive mucosa"
Taste: bitter, astringent, sweet, warm, resinous.
Help me bring everything together and let me know if my reasoning is correct.
•Slightly puffy...would indicate dampness?-- Calendula works on draining with the lymph and as an astringent. Also Calendula is a sunny flower... it dries up dampness.
•Atonic- No tone, so needs astringent (I'm wondering what an atonic tongue would actually look like)
•with indentations - This is the scalloping from teeth because the tongue is a little swollen from the dampness.
•Heat in the digestive mucosa - (would the center of the tongue be red and wet?) Calendula is soothing to the digestive mucosa, and other mucous membranes
Hmmm - calendula is also great for SAD, to give a bit of sunshine. We know that this relates to the decreased sunlight and exposure to light in the winter. Could SAD also be due to the general coldness in temperature of winter, causing some cold and dampness to settle into and reduce one's digestive fire? Perhaps the astringency of calendula helps in that regard, as well as it being warming (and comforting in the cold?). Historical use of adding it into soups and such would support that, too, I would think.
But then, that doesn't jive with the tongue indication of heat in the digestive mucosa. Not sure what to think about that one.
Regarding dampness - I look at the dampness in this case as being lymph that is "stuck" which is not good as far as health and balance being about flow of fluids - blood, lymph, water, oil, whatever. "Moist" can be any of those fluids being stuck. Looking at the whole disease picture - person possibly not being able to kick a cold or swollen lymph glands (obviously) or even lack of energy with a puffy, "lymphy" appearance - I have found calendula to be useful always.