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Latin (botanical) name: Angelica sinensis
Common names: Empress of the Herbs, The Female Ginseng
Plant Description: Native to China and Japan, Dong Quai is a biennial and perennial plant, commonly found in well watered mountain ravines, riverbanks and damp meadows. Its stem is round, grooved, hollow fluted and tinged with blue or purple It is usually 3-8 feet tall. It has greenish-white flowers which bloom from May to August. The leaves of the Dong Quai plant resemble those of carrots, celery, or parsley.
Medicinal Properties &Uses: Dong Quai is an aromatic herb used for many menstrual irregularities. It strengthens internal reproductive organs, and helps with internal bleeding and endometriosis. Dong Quai's constituents act to stimulate the central nervous system which can remedy weakness and headaches associated with menstrual disorders. It has been effective in decreasing discomfort of cramps, lower back aches, mood swings, irritability, and bloating. As an estrogen synergist, in PMS, Dong Quai accentuates the estrogen phase or phase from menses to ovulation. In menopausal women, it is used to lessen the negative symptoms of hot flashes, irritability, and mood swings. Dong Quai has been found useful in balancing and treating many female systems and cycles. It relieves other conditions and symptoms of menopause, as well, such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Because Dong Quai sensitizes the binding or absorption sites where estrogen is absorbed into the body, it is known to increase levels of estrogen. In menopause where estrogen is decreasing, it helps satisfy the body's craving and diminishes symptoms. Dong Quai root is also a mild laxative, although it is used primarily for its uterine tonic, antispasmodic, and "blood purifying" effects. Dong Quai also helps swollen prostates for men too.
Dosage: 15-30 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily, or as needed. Shake well before using.
Cautions & Interactions: Do not use while pregnant or lactating. Keep out of reach of children.
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