Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) has been used for more than a thousand years as a spice, tonic, and medicine in China, Korea and Japan. This herb is still used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where it is usually combined with other herbs.
Also called Chinese angelica, it is good for high blood pressure, allergies, infertility, blood pooling, heart disease, constipation and menopausal.
Dong Quai is generally good for most women. It has a mild estrogenic effect.
It increases the effect of ovarian and testicular hormones, and thus may be useful against low sexual activity in both sexes.
In TCM used dong quai often used to treat female reproductive problems, such as dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), and to improve circulation .
Although there are no scientific studies confirming the official health benefits of Dong Quai.
The herb is often recommended for relieving menstrual disorders such as cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, infrequent periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms.
Dong Quai has been clinically proven to improve hormone-related health problems in female patients and one of the indirect benefits is believed to be stimulating breast tissue growth as the result of improved estrogen level.
It has been proven that Dong Quai increases sun sensitivity therefore sunscreen is encouraged for anyone who’s taking Dong Quai.
This herb also slows down natural process of blood clotting therefore it is not recommended for people who take blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin, Plavix, Trental, or aspirin. It should also be avoided if two weeks pre and post-surgery.
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