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Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis) - 当归 (dāng guī)

Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis) - 当归 (dāng guī)

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Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai (當歸), or female ginseng, is an herb grown on high altitude mountains in China, Japan and Korea. Commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to nourish the blood, dong quai is often used to treat menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Given its blood nourishment properties, dong quai has also been found to help with acute coronary syndrome and renal insufficiency1. It is a popular during the winter season due to its properties and because it bolsters qi during the cold season.

Precaution: Use Chinese herbs or herbal extracts with caution. Professional advice is suggested.  In TCM, Chinese herbs are often combined in the context of formulas to enhance each other's desirable action and to minimize any potential side effect. Consult a professional if you are taking any prescription medications or Western medications as it can cause interference and strong effect in the body.

 

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