Herb Spotlight: Dong Quai

Dong Quai is a very powerful plant for women and can help with fatigue, low vitality, pelvic pain and irregular menstrual cycles. It has been used in Chinese medicine for over 200 years. It is often referred to as female ginseng.  Dong Quai belongs to the same scientific family as carrots, parsley, dill and celery. It is believed to help nourish the blood and balance energy.

Scientific Name: Angelica sinensis [aka: Chinese angelica, tang kuei]

Parts Used: liquid extract of smoke-dried root

Magickal Stats: Earth element, ruled by Venus

Improves Function of: 

  • Blood circulation
  • Digestive system
  • Uterus

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • PMS: pain, scant or clotted flow
  • Chronic pelvic infections
  • Skin maladies: ulcers, boils, eczema and psoriasis
  • Varicose veins, thrombosis, phlebitis, hemorrhoids, bruises and anemia.
  • Constipation related to dry intestines

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Sacred to women providing strength and protection

How Does It Work?

First off, the coolest thing that I learned while researching dong quai is that it increases DNA synthesis of uterus tissue tissue and helps progress the regeneration of the uterus. That is just downright neat! It also helps lube up the intestinal walls to relieve constipation and is specifically useful in helping the elderly stay ‘regular’. Traditional Chinese medicine dictates that Dong Quai or Tang Kuei, harmonizes the Chi (vital energy) which nourishes the blood. It is often referred to as a woman’s ginseng. Regularly taking the herb can help to balance estrogen and progesterone in they system, making is a fantastic choice for anyone undergoing menopause.

What Do I Do With It?

Liquid extract has been traditionally taken from the smoke-dried root of the Dong Quai plant. If you’re looking to ingest Dong Quai the Therapeutic Herb Manual says when taking the liquid extract start with 30-40 drops, 2 to 5 times per day. It is also found in tablets, powders and capsules.

WARNING Do not use Dong Quai if you have breast cancer, are pregnant or nursing, have endometriosis, uterine fibroids or ovarian, uterine or prostrate cancer.

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