DONG QUAI ROOT
Comes in a 4x3 pouch
Caution: Dong Quai cannot be taken in combination with prescription drug warfarin (Coumadin) or other blood thinners. Avoid over exposure to the Sun, as this herb can cause photodermatitis. This herb should not be combined with blood pressure or benzodiazepine prescription drugs. Dong Quai should not be used by persons taking testosterone or persons with breast cancer.
Aides with: menopausal symptoms, infertility, leukemia
-Dong Quai is the dried and sliced root of Chinese angelica, a plant native to China, Korea, and Japan. Dong Quai has antispasmodic qualities that relieves some of the symptoms associated with PMS, menopause, and fibroid tumors. In addition, it has been used for high blood pressure, rheumatism, ulcers, anemia, allergies, constipation, and to strengthen the uterus before pregnancy.
-One of Dong Quai’s best known uses is that of a regulator for the female reproductive system. Some of its compounds stimulate the uterus, while others relax the uterus. The compounds that stimulate the uterus are absorbed by the body when taken via teas or capsules. The compounds that relax the uterus are absorbed via tincture form.
-Dong Quai has traditionally been used to stop cramping and migraine attacks of PMS, as well as easing the pain of ovarian cysts.
-Dong Quai has the potential to protect healthy white blood cells during chemotherapy. Its compounds, when activated by exposure to sunlight, white blood cells circulate to the skin, gently increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for leukemia, thereby indirectly sparing healthy cells.
-Commonly used in fertility tonics, Dong Quai contains ferulic acid,which increases motility and viability of sperm cells by protecting their membranes from the action of cell-harming free radicals.
Prescription for Herbal Healing, Balch, 2nd edition
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