Dong Quai, your properties and health benefits

Properties of “Dong Quai” or Angelica sinensis

“Dong Quai”, also called Chinese angelica, is a great ally of female well-being.
In Asia (especially in China and Japan), this plant is recognized as the “women’s plant”.
“Angelica sinensis”, is its Latin denomination, belongs to the Apiaceae family, as does celery or parsley.
This perennial plant grows in the humid and cold climate of the forests of the high mountains of China, South Korea and Japan.

It is characterized by its smooth, violet-colored stalk, at the end there are corsages of a white flower. But the wealth of the “danggui” (as it is known in China), resides above all in its thick, yellowish root.

When the plant reaches maturity, at three years of age, it is harvested and its root dried. It is subsequently ground to obtain it in powder, capsules or essential oil.

The use of “Dong Quai”, is widespread in traditional Chinese medicine, for millennia. This plant contributes to the proper functioning of the urogenital system and improves the quality of life of women. Because, its main property is to relieve the annoying menstrual, premenstrual symptoms and those associated with menopause.

Medicinal properties

The main benefit of “Dong Quai”, is to be one of the most effective hormonal regulators of plant origin.
It is a natural source of phytoestrogens. Ideal to compensate for the reduction or cessation of estrogen generation, in pre and postmenopausal women.

Therefore, “Dong Quai” is a plant popularly known as “female ginseng”, due to its high phytoestrogen content. They contribute to alleviating women’s hormonal imbalances and associated ailments.

He is also credited with the ability to regulate the presence of these hormones in the body. Stopping it when an excess occurs and activating when there is a deficiency.
Within its composition, it has an outstanding essence. Contains carvacrol, palmitic acid and linoleic acid, as well as phytosterols and coumarins.

Among its purposes, it has an important analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect.

Lowers muscle tension and relieves spasms. Therefore, it is suitable for a wide range of female ailments, such as amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. In addition to calming premenstrual pain and those that occur during the period.

It also relieves migraine, back pain and kidney pain.

Similarly, it relieves the symptoms and discomforts that accompany the periods of premenopause and postmenopause. Such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes and sweats. Although these symptoms do not prevent a normal life, they are usually very uncomfortable and annoying for women.

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Other applications of Dong Quai

This plant also stimulates the cardiovascular system and blood supply. What is useful to relieve ailments related to poor circulation, such as chilblains, varicose veins or hemorrhoids.

Some sources attribute a great antibacterial activity and as a regulator of the immune response. Hence it is useful to prevent respiratory infections and bronchial allergies and asthma.

It helps the body to “purify the blood”, improve infectious processes, control hypertension and relieve neuralgia.

Similarly, the use of “Dong Quai”, is an alternative treatment for loss of skin color (depigmentation) and for psoriasis.

In the case of men, it also has concrete effects: In stores specialized in phytotherapy products, there is a preparation based on “Dong Quai”. That helps prevent and reduce premature ejaculation.
This is an ointment, with “Dong Quai”, plus other natural ingredients (cinnamon, ginseng, damiana, clover flower, etc.), to apply on the glans penis, before sexual intercourse.

Other important properties of “Dong Quai” are analgesic and circulatory, as it stimulates the blood supply.

Likewise, it strengthens the activity of the stomach and liver.
Therefore, it helps stimulate appetite and facilitates and improves the digestion process.

Other use of the product, is to prevent respiratory problems associated with allergies or asthma. Since, as some studies confirm, it regulates our immune response and has antibacterial properties.

Forms of presentation

Before consuming this plant, it is advisable to seek advice and instructions from a specialist.
There are different presentations of “Dong Quai”: powder, capsules, pills and tinctures. Sometimes, we can also find the root of the plant, in pieces.

How infusion: cook the pieces of the root, in plenty of water, for quite some time. As usually happens with infusions of plant roots. Then consume the infusion, during the day.

Capsules: if you take the capsules, take a minimum of two and a maximum of four (500 mg each) per day.

In powder: Powder presentation is the most convenient way to take it. Dissolve a teaspoon of coffee in a glass of water or in yogurt and drink it, twice a day. Preferably in the morning and at night.
The usual treatment is to take the product for 30 days, with a week off, and then continue.

Cream: In the treatment of premature ejaculation, open a capsule of “Dong Quai”, one of ginger and another of pure ginkgo biloba. Mix with shea butter, to obtain an ointment. Then apply directly to the tip of the penis, one hour before sexual activity and wash before having sex.

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Contraindications of Dong Quai

Although the Dong Quai plant has many benefits, it also has some contraindications:

Its consumption during pregnancy is not convenient. Since, due to its interactions on the maternal uterus, it could be the cause of spontaneous abortions.

Nor should those mothers who have chosen breastfeeding, because it is not a product suitable for babies.

Similarly, and due to its retarding property of blood coagulation. Avoid its use in the following cases: Women who suffer periods of heavy bleeding. Or in the case of surgeries or patients taking anticoagulants.

Avoid consuming the “Dog Quai” plant, women who have suffered breast, ovarian or uterine cancer, as well as uterine cysts.

People who take “Dong Quai” should minimize their exposure to sunlight, or use sunscreen. Because it contains phototoxic substances, which increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and can cause dermatitis.

Seek emergency medical attention if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using “Dong Quai” on your skin and call your doctor if you have severe burning, redness, pain or swelling.

Check with your doctor, before using any herbal health supplement. Make sure all of your healthcare providers know about all your medical conditions and treatments.

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