Dong Quai

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DONG QUAI

 

Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels

Plant Family: Apiaceae

 

SYNONYMS: Angelica polymorpha

OVERVIEW: Dong Quai is a small perennial, growing up to three feet in height. It is native to high altitude regions of China and Japan, growing best in cold, damp areas. It produces small clusters of white flowers. It is extensively cultivated for its roots, which are harvested in autumn. The Chinese phrase "dong quai" literally translates to "state of return." According to an ancient Chinese folktale, an angel appeared to a monk in a dream and told him to use dong quai to cure the plague that was ravaging the country.

 

PARTS USED: Root.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS: Teas, tinctures, encapsulations, usually with other herbs.

 

SUMMARY: Dong Quai is a popular Chinese remedy, traditionally used to support women's health. Clinical trials have shown little efficacy when dong quai is taken alone, but have indeed shown benefit when combined with other herbs.

 

PRECAUTIONS

 

Specific: Not for use during pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not to be used with blood thinning medications.


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