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The Benefits Of Dong Quai Root

By Tyler Woodward

Dong quai, commonly known as female Ginseng, is a popular herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Dong quai is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to alleviate premenstrual syndrome, but donq quai also has a number of other benefits that we’ll explore…

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What Is Dong Quai?:

What Is Dong Quai

Dong Quai is a fragrant plant that is from the same botanical family of plants as carrots and celery. It’s scientific name Angelica Sinensis, but it’s also referred to as:

  • Female Ginseng
  • Radix Angelica Sinensis
  • Tai-Kui
  • Dang-Gui
  • Tang-Kuei
  • Chinese Angelica Root

There is not currently a lot of scientific literature on dong quai, but it has been used for as long as 2,000 years as a form of herbal medicine. There are a number of chemicals compounds in dong quai that are believed to be responsible for its medicinal benefit including:

  • Ferulic Acid
  • Angelicide
  • Ligustilide
  • Coumarins (like osthol)

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The Benefits Of Dong Quai

The Benefits Of Dong Quai

Although there is not a lot of evidence to back the benefits of dong quai it’s been successfully used for thousands of years and is proposed to have a number of benefits including:

  • Used For Treating Menstrual And Premenstrual Symptoms † - Including breast swelling and tenderness, mood swings, bloating and headaches, cramps 
  • May Reduce Symptoms Of Menopause † - Including Hot Flashes
  • Promotes Blood Flow  † - 
  • May Reduce The Incidence Of Anemia † - 
  • Relieve Headaches † -
  • Reduce Nerve Pain & Inflammation †
  • Constipation Relief † -
  • May Reduce Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression † - 

Potential Side Effects Of Dong Quai:

Side Effects Of Dong Quai

Dong quai can have a number of side effects including:

Many other side effects associated with dong quai occur in conjunction with other Pharmaceutical drugs or medication. Dong quai can potentially react adversely with: 

  • Birth Control
  • Over-The-Counter Painkillers
  • Blood Thinners
  • Anti-Coagulants
  • Lisinopril (ACE inhibitor)
  • Dual Antiplatelet Therapy

Breat feeding and pregnant women should seek medical advice before using dong quai

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How To Use Dong Quai:

How To Use Dong Quai

Dong quai can primarily be taken in four  ways:

  1. Eating Dong Quai - The dong quai plant itself can be eaten directly including its berries, roots, twigs and leaves. The plant can also be dried and made into a tea or soup.
  2. Supplemental Form - Dong quai can be made into a pill or capsule form
  3. Liquid Form - This form is injectable or in a tincture
  4. Essential Oils - 

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