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Dong Quai Root
Dong Quai is closely related to celery. It is an herb that flowers from May to August. The blossoms are white with a greenish tint. It flourishes in wet areas, and is usually found in alpine canyons, meadows, along river beds, or near the coast. Dong Quai is a very effective treatment for many maladies.
Dong Quai, also called Chinese Angelica, is usually recommended for use by women. It is a common remedy in both China and the United States. Chinese herbalists call Dong Quai “women’s ginseng.”
Dong Quai is commonly used in conjunction with other herbs as a remedy for disorders of the menstrual cycle, like cessation of menstruation, pain that accompanies menstruation (also called dysmenorrhea), and bleeding from the uterus. Traditional Chinese healers do not use it, however, to treat menopausal symptoms. Chinese herbalists recommend it for both males and females to treat cardiovascular disorders like high blood pressure or circulatory problems.
Dong Quai has been known to increase activity of the central nervous system, which gives increased strength and energy and soothes headaches which can accompany problems with menstruation. It is also beneficial to the reproductive organs, and is used to treat endometriosis, or internal bleeding or bruising. It can sometimes treat problems associated with menopause like hot flashes or vaginal dehydration. It is also used to purify the bloodstream of toxins, stimulate circulation, and is very beneficial to the blood in both men and women. Dong Quai is very rich in iron and so it is used to treat or prevent anemia. Research indicates it is also effective in evening out blood sugar amounts and reducing blood pressure.
Dong Quai can also be used as a mind sedative as it soothes nerves and helps people relax. It can also be used to help the uterus during birth. Other uses of Dong Quai include treating insomnia, constipation, and migraines.
Dong Quai is a root that is usually crushed into a powder and is then taken as a pill. Females can take from 1-4 grams per day, though doses should be kept small and spread throughout the day. Alternately, a mixture that contains 3-5 ml of Dong Quai can be ingested up to three times daily.
Possible Side Effects
For fair-skinned people, Dong Quai may increase sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, so people who take Dong Quai often should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Dong Quai is not recommended for use by pregnant or nursing women.
Dong Quai may interact negatively with other medications. Consult with a doctor before combining any medications.
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