Mountain Rose Herbs

Dong Quai Extract

Also known as

Angelica sinensis, Dong Gui, Chinese Angelica, and Dan Gui.

Introduction

Dong Quai is a small perennial, growing up to three feet in height. It is native to high altitude regions of China and Japan, growing best in cold, damp areas. It produces small clusters of white flowers. It is extensively cultivated for its roots, which are harvested in autumn. The Chinese phrase “dong quai” literally translates to “state of return.” According to an ancient Chinese folktale, an angel appeared to a monk in a dream and told him to use dong quai to cure the plague that was ravaging the country.

Constituents

Butylidene phhtalide, ligustilide, n-butylidene-phthalide, sequiterpenes, carvacrol, dihyrophthalic anhydride, sucrose, B vitamins, beta-sitosterol.

Parts Used

Root.

Typical Preparations

Teas, tinctures, encapsulations, usually with other herbs.

Summary

Dong Quai is a popular Chinese remedy, traditionally used to support women’s health. Clinical trials have shown little efficacy when dong quai is taken alone, but have indeed shown benefit when combined with other herbs. When combined with Sophora flavescens, dong quai has exhibited both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity.

References

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/hort/herbs/cangel.htm

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/dong-quai-000238.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21976127

Precautions

Avoid when there is diarrhea with flatulence. Not to be used while pregnant, breast feeding, or if you are on blood thinning medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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