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DANG GUI/Dong Quai
Angelica sinensis

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PROPERTIES/ACTIONS:
Analgesic, Tonic, Sedative, Laxative, Estrogenic, Antibiotic

COMMON NAMES:
Dong Quai, Dang Gui, Dan Gui, Tang-Kuei

PHYTOCHEMICALS Include:
Ascorbic-acid, Ash, Beta-carotene, Beta-sitosterol-glucoside, Biotin, Calcium, Carbohydrates, Choline, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Falcarinol, Folacin, Folinic-acid, Fructose, Glucose, Iron, Linoleic-acid, Magnesium, Manganese, Pantothenic-acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Stearic-acid, Thiamin, Vit-B12, Vit-E, Zinc

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Dong quai is also available in an Alcohol Free extract.
Natures Answer Dong Quai Extract 1ozicon

For several thousand years, Dong quai has been cultivated for medicinal uses in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders, in particular "female disorders. Dong quai has been called the "female ginseng" and is excellent as an all purpose women's herb. It has been used for centuries in China for regulating the menstrual cycle and easing menstrual pain and cramping. It can be used to help women regain normal menstrual cycles after taking "the Pill." It has proven helpful for relieving hot flashes during menopause.

Dong quai contains estrogenic substances that may exert some regulating effect on estrogen levels and on estrogenic biological mechanisms. They seem to enhance estrogenic effects when estrogen levels are too low, and compete when levels are too high. This would be in keeping with the idea of a menstrual tonic.

Dong quai can be used for insomnia and blood pressure stability for both men and women. (The affect on blood pressure can be an overall lowering although sometimes it may rise slightly first, followed by a decline). It can reduce PMS and may help anemia, suppressed menstrual flow, uterine bleeding, abdominal pain after childbirth, dry intestines, chronic pelvic disorders and constipation and headaches due to blood deficiency. Dong quai helps the liver utilize more oxygen and therefore can be useful in treating hepatitis and cirrhosis. It may also help with abnormal protein metabolism. Dong quai helps dilate peripheral blood vessels, increase circulation, and has been used as a mild laxative.

PRECAUTION: Not to be used during pregnancy.

HERBAL DEFINITION:
Estrogenic:

Herbs which are precursors to the female hormones.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe or replace the advice of a qualified physician.