Latin name: Radix Angelicae Sinensis, Angelica polymorpha sinensis, Angelica sinensis
Chinese names: dong quai, dang gui
Other names: Chinese angelica, female ginseng
What is Dong Quai?
Dong quai has been usually recognized in traditional Chinese medicine for its treatment of gynecological conditions and needs. It is indigenous to China and the eastern regions of Asia, and is said to be one of the few good non-animal sources of vitamin B12. The use of dong quai centers on the root, which contains most of the plant’s medicinal qualities.
What are the health benefits of Dong Quai?
Dong quai’s use in traditional Chinese medicine has focused on its ability to treat gynecological disorders for thousands of years. Its qualities as a uterine and blood tonic and also as a hormonal regulator inform its use for helping with the female reproductive system. As such, it is used to treat anemia caused by heavy menstruation, and is also used to treat irregular menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause. Dong quai is also employed to ensure a healthy pregnancy and easy delivery. Additionally, it is sometimes used as an aphrodisiac. Dong quai inhibits the growth of various bacteria including Bacillus dysenteriae and Bacillus typhi. Other conditions it is used for include fatigue, high blood pressure, promotion of blood circulation, and relief from constipation through the loosening of the bowels.
Where can I find Dong Quai?
Dong quai can be found online, in herbal specialty stores, in Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.
You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formulas:
Acne & Blemish, which is useful for skin problems such as acne and rashes.
Blood Builder & Fatigue, which is used to treat fatigue, or debilitation after surgery, radiation, or prolonged illness.
DuraBone, which helps strengthen bones and tendons.
Hair Nurture, which nourishes hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth.
Pain, which is used to relax muscles and soothe pain.
Passages Plus, which helps women cope with the hormone swings of PMS and menopause.
PMS, which is used for moodiness and irritability, painful and irregular menstruation, water retention, and breast tenderness.
Super Clarity, which helps promote blood flow and nourish the heart and brain.
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