Dong Quai Also
known as dang-gui in traditional Chinese medicine, dong
is often referred to as the "female ginseng." In traditional
Chinese medicine, dong quai is often included in
prescriptions for abnormal menstruation, suppressed
menstrual flow, painful or difficult menstruation, and
Dong quai is an aromatic
herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan. The reputation of Don
quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate,
all-purpose woman's tonic herb. It is used for almost every
gynecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to
treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.
Dong quai is
frequently used by the Chinese as a strengthening treatment for the
heart, spleen, liver and kidneys. Both men and women use the herb as
a general blood tonic.
Dong quai contains
vitamins E, A and B12. Researchers have isolated at least six
coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory
effects. Antispasmodics are a remedy for menstrual cramps. The
essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide and
numerous other minor components. Ferulic acid and various
polysaccharides are also found in dong quai's root. These elements
can prevent spasms, reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood
vessels. Research has shown that don quai produces a balancing
effect on estrogen activity.
prescribe the herb to combat PMS and to help women resume normal
menstruation after using birth control pills.
The herb has been
found useful in balancing and treating many female systems and
cycles. Dong quai's constituents can act to stimulate the central
nervous system which can remedy weakness and headaches associated
with menstrual disorders. It strengthens internal reproductive
organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising.
It relieves menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot
The herb has also
been used as a blood purifier, to promote blood circulation and
nourish the blood in both sexes. It is high in iron content and may
help to prevent iron deficiency and anemia. Studies show that it can
aid in regulating blood sugar and in lowering blood pressure.
Dong quai has a mild sedative effect which can relieve stress and
calms the nerves. It has also be used to stimulate the uterus during
childbirth, treat insomnia, alleviate constipation and for migraine