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Dong Quai

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(Angelica sinensis)

Dubbed the “female ginseng,” dong quai is an all-purpose herb for a wide range of female gynecological complaints. For centuries, Chinese women have used this herb to regulate the menstrual cycle and quell painful menstrual cramps caused by uterine contractions. Modern herbalists use dong quai to eliminate the discomfort of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and to help women resume normal menstruation after going off “the pill.” Dong quai is also reputed to be useful against hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause caused by hormonal changes. Rich in vitamins and minerals including A, B12, and E, this herb may also prevent anemia. Dong quai has also been used to treat insomnia and high blood pressure for both sexes. Both men and women use this herb as a blood tonic. One of the most widely used herbs in the Orient, dong quai duck is a popular Cantonese dish.

Possible Benefits:

  • Overall tonic for female reproductive system.
  • Restores menstrual regularity.
  • Reduces PMS.
  • Relieves symptoms of menopause.
  • Prevents anemia.
  • Reduces high blood pressure.

How to Use it:

Orally:

  • Capsules: Take 1 up to 3 times daily.

Caution:

Do not use during pregnancy or if you are still menstruating and typically have a heavy flow.

Source: Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible. Photo source.

Author: tea-lily

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