Dong Quai

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Another herb discovered by the Chinese is Dong Quai, or angelica, a member of the carrot family found in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the northern United States. It has long been used as a tonic and a spice in Chinese medicine to balance hormones, specifically for women.

BENEFITS

  • Helpful for perimenopausal and menopausal women experiencing symptoms of low estrogen
  • Immune-balancing properties
  • Synergistic herb

Dosage
30 drops in water or juice, 1-3 times daily, or as needed

Description

Another herb discovered by the Chinese is Dong Quai, or angelica, a member of the carrot family found in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the northern United States. It has long been used as a tonic and a spice in Chinese medicine to balance hormones, specifically for women.

According to The International Journal of Recent Research in Life Sciences, historically Angelica has been used for “migraines, headaches, neuralgia, arthralgia, menstrual disorders, amenorrhea, menopausal syndromes, dysmenorrheal, menorrhagia, anemia, abdominal pain” and many other conditions. The IJRRLS also said it historically was considered to have cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, immunological, dermatological, carcinogenicity, estrogenic, gastrointestinal effects, amineoplastic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory activity.

As women transition from perimenopause into menopause, dong quai can help lessen symptoms and provide hormone-balancing support. It’s also been found to be beneficial for those dealing with both hormonal and chronic immune challenges.

Since this herb can have synergistic properties, consult your doctor before taking dong quai, as it may interfere with or enhance other herbs and medications.

This type of dong quai should not be confused with angelica root or seed.

Why We Love Dong Quai, the feminine aid

I (Dr. Warren) have had success using Dong Quai for women who are dealing with unpleasant symptoms from perimenopause and menopause.

Although I usually don’t use Dong Quai for women who still have a cycle, in some cases, it’s needed. While most cycling women with hormonal conditions have elevated estrogen levels, low progesterone, or both, when a woman has too low of estrogen and is not close to a time when she should be entering perimenopause, I recommend Dong Quai to help raise estrogen levels and regulate their cycle.

This can also be used as an herbal remedy for its immune-balancing properties. In those who are dealing with chronic immune challenges, specifically women, this herb can help balance the immune system.

If you are a woman who has chronic tickborne illnesses and hormonal issues, dong quai could be of great help to you. If tickborne illnesses have altered and affected your hormones and cycle to where you barely have a cycle, it skips months, or you only have very light bleeding, this is something I frequently recommend.

References

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

  1. Zhu, D PQ. Dong Quai. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0192415X87000151. https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0192415X87000151. Published 1987; 15(03N04):117-125. Accessed January 13, 2022.

  2. Bain D. Pharmacological and Biochemical Action of Angelica Sinensis (Dong Quai): Natural Product with Therapeutic Potential. International Journal of Recent Research in Life Sciences (IJRRLS). https://www.paperpublications.org/upload/book/Pharmacological%20and%20Biochemical%20Action%20of%20Angelica%20Sinensis-401.pdf. Published July-September 2015; 2(3):8-23. Accessed January 13, 2022. ISSN: 2349-7823.

Warnings

Always be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new nutritional supplement when pregnant or nursing. For children, we recommend speaking with your child's pediatrician regarding proper dosing. Store away from children.

If loose stools occur, stop use and notify your healthcare practitioner.

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