DONG QUAI

LATIN NAME:  Angelica sinensis

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Also known as Chinese angelica root, dong quai is used by Chinese herbalists as a treatment for several gynecological complaints.  Look for a long, moist, oily plant as the source of the root, which has brown bark and a white cross section.  The fragrant herb is characterized as sweet, acrid, bitter, and warm, according to traditional Chinese medicine.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:

You should not take dong quai during the early stages of pregnancy.

Check on the use of this herb with your Chinese medicine practitioner if you have diarrhea or abdominal bloating:  it is not recommended in some cases.

TARGET AILMENTS:  Take internally for:

Menstrual irregularity, lack of menstruation, painful or insubstantial menstruation.

Stabbing pain, pain caused by traumatic injury.

Poor blood circulation, pale complexion, possible anemia.

Carbuncles that, according to traditional Chinese medicine, arise from stagnant blood; abscesses; sores.

Lightheadedness, blurred vision, heart palpitations.

SIDE EFFECTS:  None expected if used as directed.

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