I'm a huge fan of Dong Quai. I was introduced to this amazing female focused herb about 5 years ago when I decided that I wanted to explore other ways of regulating and balancing my female hormones without the help of pharmaceutical drugs like the pill. It has been an amazing herb and when I travel, I never leave home without my Dong Quai Female Balancing Yogi Tea. For many women trying to regulate their periods, deal with hot flashes from menopause and even promote conception...this herb is truly a miracle herb.
Traditionally, dong quai is believed to have a balancing or adaptogenic effect on the female hormonal system. Dong quai does not qualify as a phytoestrogen or have any hormone-like actions in the body. A large part of its actions with regard to premenstrual syndrome may be related to its antispasmodic actions, particularly on smooth muscles.
In China, dong quai (angelica) has been used for several thousand years to treat many kinds of female problems. In traditional Chinese medicine, dong quai is often referred to as the "female ginseng." It is often included in prescriptions for abnormal menstruation, suppressed menstrual flow, painful or difficult menstruation, and uterine bleeding. A traditional use of dong quai was for hot flashes associated with perimenopause. Dong quai is also used for both men and women with cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and problems with pe-ripheral circulation.
Angelica is described as a herb with "an affinity for the female constitution". It is good for treating anemia and weak glands, regulating monthly periods, correcting hot flashes and vaginal spasms (PMS), and assisting women through the difficult transition of menopause. It is never given to women during pregnancy.
The herb is also able to balance estrogen, tone the reproductive organs and treat endometriosis. At least one of its active ingredients can stimulate brain function and promote alertness. Dong quai can also stimulate the central nervous system, helping to relieve the fatigue and headache that are common to menstrual disorders. It can be used to treat vaginal dryness and hot flashes as well. In addition, dong quai can help return a woman’s menstrual cycle to normal after the use of birth control pill.
Rich in nutrients like vitamins E, A and B12, dong quai has other known benefits as well. It is said to purify blood and promote circulation, as well as provide nourishment to the blood in both men and women. Dong quai is a mild sedative with stress relieving effects that can calm the nervous system and be used to treat insomnia.
In clinical studies, women taking dong quai reported a 25% decrease in the severity of their symptoms. Dong quai is also thought to help prevent a variety of illnesses associated with menopause, including heart disease.
The upper part of the root is considered a great blood builder. The tails of the root is used in emergencies as a blood clot dissolver after serious accidents or for expelling the afterbirth that has failed to appear. The coumarins in angelica are valuable medication for reducing high-protein edemas, such as swelling of the lymph nodes (lymphedema). It is also used for treating psoriasis accompanying arthritis.
Using Dong Quai for Fasting to Promote Pregnancy and Regulate Periods:
Take Dong Quai occasionally, especially if your periods are irregular. Eat a pea-size piece of the root once or twice a day (or prepare the tea and drink one or two cups a day). Do this for three to ten days before your period is due. You may do this as often as every month.
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i love this post, i have been having irregular cycles for years. i started taking dong quai as a last resort, ( birth control was not helping me). i have to say dong quai was and is a miracle, i have been having regular cycles for the last 5 months. and i do not have to take motrin for cramps. dong quai is a miracle herb, i recomend it to every woman that have irregular periods and is tryign to concieve.