Dong Quai - The Women's Tonic Herb
Tuesday, April 18th 2006
Dong Quai is considered the ultimate, all-purpose women's tonic herb
Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan. The reputation of Dong quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate, all-purpose woman's tonic herb. It is used for almost every gynaecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.
Dong quai is frequently used by the Chinese as a strengthening treatment for the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys. Both men and women use the herb as a general blood tonic.
Effects of Dong Quai
Dong quai contains vitamins E, A and B12. Researchers have isolated at least six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. Antispasmodics are a remedy for menstrual cramps. Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides are also found in dong quai's root. These elements can prevent spasms, reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels. Research has shown that dong quai produces a balancing effect on estrogen activity.
Modern treatments prescribe the herb to combat PMS and to help women resume normal menstruation after using birth control pills.
Balancing and Strengthening Effects
The herb has been found useful in balancing many female systems and cycles. Dong quai's constituents can act to stimulate the central nervous system, which can remedy weakness and headaches associated with menstrual disorders. It strengthens internal reproductive organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising. It relieves menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot flushes.
The herb has also been used as a blood purifier, to promote blood circulation and nourish the blood. It is high in iron content and may help to prevent iron deficiency and anaemia. Studies show that it can aid in regulating blood sugar and in lowering blood pressure.
Dong quai has a mild sedative effect which can relieve stress and calm the nerves. It has also been used to stimulate the uterus during childbirth, treat insomnia, alleviate constipation and for migraine headaches.
The root has earned a reputation as the "ultimate herb" for women. It is used to restore balance to a woman's hormones and cycles and is helpful in restoring menstrual regularity and for conditions of the reproductive system.
Nature's Way Dong Quai provides 565mg of powdered root with a guaranteed potency of .25% ligustilide per capsule.
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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