Dong quai, also known as angelica is a herb native to China which has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It is a tonic and aromatic herb, with beautiful greenish-white flowers, that grow well in moist areas like alpine canyons, meadows, along river beds, or near the coast. Dong quai has a mild anise-like flavor and is usually recommended for women.
The plant is commonly used for treating certain female discomforts, including menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome and also aids in improving their overall health during and after menopause. Besides these, dong quai has also been known to treat other health conditions like infertility, arthritis, high blood pressure, etc. Hence, due to its tremendous benefits for both men and women, dong quai root is gaining popularity worldwide.
Benefits of Dong Quai
The term dong quai basically means 'proper order', hence it works effectively in restoring the hormonal balance in women. Dong quai root comprises a chemical called phytoestrogen, that produces the effects similar to that of the hormone estrogen in the body. These chemicals, by regulating the estrogen levels in the body, cure a host of premenstrual syndrome and menopause symptoms, like migraine, cramps, mood swings, and hot flashes.
Moreover, it also helps in speeding up a woman's recovery from childbirth and adverse effects of low energy and chronic fatigue. Since dong quai can be used to treat many gynecologic issues, it is also termed under medical literature as 'the female ginseng', 'woman's herb', or 'queen of Chinese Herbs'.
Excellent Blood Toner
Amongst other benefits like reducing fatigue and lowering blood pressure, dong quai helps in stimulating red blood cell production in the body. It comprises components like vitamin B12, folic acid, nicotinic acid, folinic acid and biotin that contribute to maximize the number of red blood cells transported throughout the body. Hence, due to its ability to replenish and nourish blood it acts as an excellent blood toner.
Dong quai contains an antioxidant called ferulic acid which is known to improve the sperm quality. This herb also helps in curing infertility in women who usually resort to different expensive and painful fertility procedures.
Research shows that dong quai is also effective in treating different allergies and respiratory problems. Our blood cells release substances like histamine and serotonin that respond to anything that irritates the body and cause allergies when you come in contact with allergens like pollen grains, dust, fur, etc. Hence, dong quai antihistamine and antiserotonin properties help to prevent such allergic reactions from occurring.
Combats Skin Disorders
Since dong quai is known to improve blood circulation in the body, it improves complexion, slows down the aging process, and helps in detoxification to clear blemishes and marks. Also it acts as a healing agent for common skin disorders including eczema and rosacea, neurodermatitis, pruritus, hives and vitiligo.
This was all about the benefits of the dong quai herb. Dong quai is easily available in any health food stores or herbal medicine stores. However, consult a physician before you start taking it.