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Dong Quai

Dong Quai is a Chinese herb derived from the root of Angelica sinensis or Angelica plymorpha maxim. It has been used in eastern medicinal practices for thousands of years as a treatment for female disorders such as menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, and to relieve symptoms associated with menopause. The root of dong quai can act as a mild laxative. Modern naturalists commonly suggest dong quai as a uterine tonic to treat irregular menstrual flow and weakness during menstrual periods.

Researchers have identified several compounds in dong quai that act to reduce spasm and relax blood vessels. Some of the chemicals in dong quai act to stimulate the central nervous system.

Few clinical studies have been done to document the positive claims about dong quai. In fact, a study from 1997 found dong quai not to be superior when compared to placebo for hot flash relief. The typical dose varies by manufacturer, but typically 300 to 500 milligrams two to three times per day is recommended and it is commonly mixed with other herbs in traditional Chinese remedies.

Hypersensitivity to Dong Qaui may lead to excessive bleeding, occasional fever, and sensitivity to sunlight. The herb may interact with blood-thinning medications.

Dong quai should not be used during pregnancy or breast feeding.