ANGELICA SINENSIS - DONG QUAI
This herb is often referred to as Chinese Angelica or Dong Quai pronounced 'Dong Kwy', its other common names include Dang Gui and Tang Kuei. The term 'female ginseng' is often used by herbalists when referring to Dong Quai and its tonifying properties.
USES OF DONG QUAI
For menstruating women, Dong Quai may help with the following:
PMT (Pre-menstrual tension, or pre-menstrual syndrome)
Amenorrhoea (lack of menstrual flow),
Dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation),
Infertility and Anaemia (blood iron deficiency)
Menopause - Dong Quai may help improve;
Hot flushes (flashes)
Nerve debility (panic attacks, general nervousness)
Anaemia, and Osteoporosis
Some herbs have a reputation for reducing alcohol cravings.
Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea), also known as dong quai, may not only reduce cravings, it may help create a dislike for alcohol.
The plant has antihistamine properties. Histamine is a brain neurotransmitter. According to Joan Mathews Larson, Ph.D., both low and high histamine levels are tied to alcoholism.
Binge drinkers who are irritable, tire easily, and quickly become frustrated may have low histamine levels, while more compulsive and driven types who need little sleep may have high histamine levels. Angelica may work better for the second group CAUTIONS
Do not take Dong Quai during pregnancy; and it would be wise to avoid it when taking any other product or drug which affects the female hormone system - such as HRT or the contraceptive pill.
Dong Quai may help stimulate menstrual flow, therefore it is considered best to avoid its use with heavy menstrual flow or flooding
RESULTS MAY VARY