Dong Quai

Dong Quai whose scientific name is Angleica Sinensis native in China. It is called Dang Quai in China and is part of Apiaceae family. It has beautiful green leaves, white flowers like umbrella, and brown and fleshy root.

Dong Quai is regarded as ginseng for females in China. Chinese women usually use it to help with gynecological ailments, fatigue, mild anemia and high blood pressure. There are many health-improving properties in it. For example, rich Vitamins A, B3, B12, C, E, and high content of minerals such as Calcium, iron, zinc, sodium, magnesium, and volatile oil and so on.

European scientists chose a group of selected female as subjects to investigate the effects of Dong Quai almost a century ago. It is reported that the women reduced premenstrual and menstrual pains and had smooth menstrual flow when they were given the liquid extracts of Dong Quai root on daily basis. Thus, Dong Quai was suggested to be used as uterine tonic and hormonal regulator. It is also good for female reproductive system.

Tablets, concentrated granules, liquid extracts, and raw root slices are all forms of Dong Quai in the market. In Chinese medicine, people usually boil the Dong Quai root or soaked it in wine. This kind of liquid can be drunk then.

However, the pregnant women can NOT use Dong Quai because it has the hormonal, anticoagulant, and anti-platelet characteristics. Chinese medicine holds that Dong Quai may cause miscarriage. Thus, please consult your herbal practitioner for usage advice.

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