Nutritional Supplements Library
What is Dong-Quai?
Dong quai is a plant root,member of the celery family, indigenous to China. It is also known as Angelica sinensis or "female ginseng".Its root is commonly known in Chinese as dong quai or danggui and is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat gynecological ailments, fatigue, mild anemia and high blood pressure. It is also a rich source for niacin, vitamin E, iron, cobalt and essential oils.The principal active constituents of dong quai roots appear to be groups of coumarins, ferulic acid and ligustilide.It has white flowers with a green hue that bloom from May to August, and the plant is typically found growing in moist mountain gullies, meadows, along river banks and in coastal areas.
What is the effective dosage of Dong Quai supplementation?
• The effective dosage is 2 to 4 grams per day in divided dosage. Alternatively, 3-5 ml of tincture may be taken three times per day.
What are the benefits of Dong-Quai supplementation?
• Dong-Quai is popular for regulating menstruation.
• It reduces symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
• It has been known to promote blood circulation and nourishment to reproductive organs in both sexes.
• It eases menopausal symptoms.
• It's high iron content may assist in preventing iron deficiency and anemia.
What are the side effects of dong-Quai supplementation?
Although rare, Side effects of dong-quai include mild sedation, sensitivity to sunlight, and blood thinning.Cautions-
• Those consuming this herb on a regular basis should minimize exposure to the sun and all kinds of ultraviolet radiation.
• Dong quai should not be taken if pregnant or by women who are breast-feeding.
• Because of dong quai's ability to increase bleeding time, use should be discontinued as soon as menstruation begins (if using to control PMS symptoms).