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Dong Quai - the queen of female herbs for menopausal or menstrual problems

What can Dong Quai be used for?

The literal translation of Dong Quai means, "compelled to return", which seems to be referring to its ability to restore a women to her normal health. This is a wonder herb and the Chinese consider it the queen of all female herbs. They consider Dong Quai to be " the female ginseng".

Dong Quai has the ability to help maintain a proper balance of female hormones and is effective in the treatment of:

All menstrual disorders
Irregular menstrual cycles
Menopausal symptoms including hot flushes
Backache related to the menstrual cycle

As well as this, Dong Quai is also known for its ability to calm the nerves and has a tranquillising effect on the central nervous system.

Is Dong Quai a herb just for women?

Dong Quai has been used for men as well as women. It strengthens all internal organs and muscles and has been used as a blood purifier. Dong Quai helps to increase circulation and dissolve blood clots in the body.

The Chinese claim Dong Quai has the power to open blocked passageways in the body. As well as this, it has been used in stabilising high blood pressure and low blood sugar.

What else can Dong Quai help with?

Dong Quai has been used in the following: childbirth, circulation, a tonic to the female glands, lubricates the intestines, menopause, menstrual disorders, amenorrhoea, PMT, dysmenorrhoea, prolapsed uterus. As well as this, Dong Quai has been used in anaemia, angina, as an antispasmodic, internal bleeding, blood clots, blood sugar problems, blood purifier, brain cells, breast abscesses, internal bruising, constipation, cramps, dehydration, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, to strengthen and relax muscles, nerves, abdominal pain, retained placenta, dry skin, stomach aches, tonic, toothache and blood tumours.

Dong Quai has some antispasmodic components, gives nourishment to the brain and has been helpful in recovering from strokes. Has been used for recovery when internal bruises and bleeding exist due to an injury or accident. Dong Quai lubricates the intestines, which can help relieve constipation. It helps tone and strengthen conditions in the mother before and after the birth of a baby.

Dong Quai has been tested clinically to help overcome vitamin E deficiency symptoms and it contains the vitamins A, E and B12.

Dong Quai Cautions

Dong Quai is not recommended during heavy menstrual bleeding or during pregnancy. In all cases of persistent menstrual bleeding, please have a thorough check up with your health care provider before self-prescribing.

Dong Quai should be used cautiously if diarrhoea is present or in cases of abdominal distension or bloated stomach.

These are the products we stock at healthyonline that contain Dong Quai:

Natures Way Dong Quai
Nutralife Menolife


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Ideal Health

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