Dong Quai Root, 100g
Dong quai root herb is effective against vaginal dryness, irregular/painful periods, sinusitis and allergies. Dong quai acts as a mild sedative, laxative, diuretic and pain reliever. Dong quai is used to treat female problems such as hot flashes, other menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome.
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Dong quai root is still one of the most popular herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is well known for treating women’s health problems, such as painful menstruation and postpartum fatigue and weakness. It gained popularity in the West in the late 1800s when Merck introduced Eumenol, an extract of dong quai, to Europe to treat gynecological complaints. Studies suggest that dong quai may have weak estrogenic activity, and it is often recommended for symptom relief in menopause. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 71 postmenopausal women, however, dong quai was no better than placebo at reducing hot flashes. This study was widely criticized for using dong quai by itself instead of in combination with other herbs, which is how it is used in traditional Chinese medicine. When an herbal mixture containing Angelica sinensis root, Paeonia lactiflora root, Ligusticum rhizome, Atractylodes rhizome, Alisma orientalis rhizome, and Wolfiporia cocos was used in a study of menopausal women, it reportedly reduced hot flashes by 70 percent. Herbal combinations are the rule rather than the exception in many traditional systems of medicine, and clinical trials using just one herb may erroneously lead us to judge an herb as ineffective.
Dong quai has been used in combination with astragalus (A. membranaceus) to tone and strengthen the kidneys, as well as to enhance the immune system. In one study, this combination significantly reduced the deterioration of renal function and damage in animals with chronic kidney damage. Dong quai and other Angelica species are known to contain psoralen, which is sometimes used in combination with ultraviolet therapy as a treatment for psoriasis. Studies have shown that this approach improves psoriasis in 40 to 66 percent of patients.
How to Use Tea: Simmer 1 to 2 teaspoons root in 1 cup water for 5 to 7 minutes. Strain. Drink 1 cup, 2 to 3 times per day.
Those with bleeding disorders or taking anticoagulants should not use dong quai, as it may increase risk of bleeding. Use should be avoided during pregnancy. The psoralen in dong quai could, in theory, cause photosensitivity.