Dong Quai

Dong Quai is a white flowered plant. It is mainly grown in China, Korea and Japan. Dong Quai is often referred to as female ginseng as it provides a number of benefits for women during their periods.

Dong Quai supplements can help to improve menstrual cramps, pre-menstrual stress (PMS) and it has been reported to provide a number of beneficial effects when going through menopause.

Dong Quai’s benefits are not just limited to the women’s reproductive system. It is also known as a blood purifier and is believed to help manage hypertension and joint pain.

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All you need to know about Dong Quai

What are the benefits of Dong Quai?

A herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine, Dong Quai belongs to the celery family and its roots have been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide variety of complaints including high blood pressure, headaches, PMS, stomach cramps (particularly in menstruation), nasal congestion and arthritis. It has been suggested that Dong Quai is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to boost the immune system.

What are the side effects of Dong Quai?

Dong Quai side effects are mild, but some people who take the supplement have reported tiredness, headaches, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, feeling sick and an unsettled stomach. Dong Quai is not advised for long-term use or for pregnant women, as it stimulates uterine muscles, which could lead to miscarriage. It is also not recommended for use during breastfeeding. Dong Quai shouldn't be taken with drugs that affect blood clotting such as warfarin (Coumadin), due to its effects on the blood.

Can Dong Quai balance hormones?

In traditional Chinese medicine, Dong Quai is known as the 'female ginseng'. It is used to treat conditions and symptoms that are associated with hormone imbalances and hormone-related conditions. This includes problems with menstruation and menstrual flow, and painful periods (dysmenorrhea). It has also been used to treat hot flushes and temperature fluctuations associated with the menopause.

Can Dong Quai induce periods?

Dong Quai has long been used as a herbal remedy for inducing a period. It is believed that the supplement brings on a period by boosting blood to the pelvic area, while stimulating muscles in the uterus. This triggers uterine contractions, which help to bring on menstruation. If there is a chance that you might be pregnant, it is not advisable to take Dong Quai, as it could terminate your pregnancy.

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