Dong quai (Angleica sinensis), also known as the supreme women’s root, is indigenous to China and Japan. Its root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2,000 years. The Chinese value the root’s extracts as a tonic that revitalizes energy and strengthens overall health. Dong quai contains a wide range of vitamins including Vitamins A, B3, B12, B-complex, C, and E. It also contains beneficial minerals zinc, calcium, sodium, selenium, silicon, magnesium, and phosphorous.
Dong Quai Benefits and Uses
Dong quai is well known for its ability to support healthy perimenopause and menopause. The plant contains active ingredients known as phytoestrogens, which are naturally occurring compounds that are found in plant foods such as legumes, soy products, flax seed, rye, and millet. Although these compounds are not created by the human endocrine system, once ingested, phytoestrogens have estrogen-like effects on the body. Dong quai can support healthy menopause by balancing fluctuating estrogen levels, which cause hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats. Its magnesium, B12, and vitamin E content also help to regulate the nervous system and ease tension. The plant’s zinc and calcium content can also help regulate hormone balance.
Dong Quai Side Effects
Dong quai is considered generally safe when used as directed. The recommended daily intake is 150 mg. More research is needed to determine toxic levels. It is not recommended for use when pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should not use dong quai if you suffer from abdominal bloating or chronic diarrhea. At high doses, dong quai may make you more sensitive to sunlight and cause skin rashes. You should discuss taking dong quai with your healthcare practitioner if you are currently taking blood thinners such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), or warfarin (Coumadin).
You should not take dong quai if you currently suffer from or have a medical history of breast, ovarian, or cervical cancer. Dong quai should also be avoided if you have a history of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or blood clotting disorders.
Dong Quai Overdose
There is currently no information available about the effects of dong quai overdose. If you miss a dose, skip the dose if it is almost time for your next dose. If you think you have accidentally taken too much dong quai, seek medical advice as soon as possible.
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