Botanical Name: Angelica sinensis
Common Names: Chinese angelica, dang gui, tang kuei, tan kue
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When is comes to herbs for women’s health in Chinese medicine, Dong Quai Root is commonly used in women’s health formulas in conjunction with other herbs. These dried herbs are commonly used for their carminative properties (relieves flatulence). When paired with Chamomile, Dong Quai has been called the female ‘Ginseng’ of the Orient and is said to be the most popular women’s herb in the Far East. It is often referred to as ‘the Empress of Herbs’. As such this herb for women’s health has been very widely used for a range of common conditions including; amenorrhoea (absent periods), cramps and dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), menopausal symptoms, infertility, osteoporosis and anaemia (2) The American Botanical Council seems to agree in this article titled Herbs for Women 10/11/1996 and can be found here (3)
Since 1920 research has been conducted by different scientists and doctors on the effects of Dong Quai on the uterus. It has been found to cause a contractile effect when first administered but then to bring about a strong and prolonged relaxation of the organ. In cases of painful menstruation Dong Quai has been shown to help contractions become more rhythmic and orderly although there is no oestrogenic activity in the herb (Chang HM, But PP, Pharmacology and applications of Chinese materia medica, vol 1. World Scientific, Singapore, 1987, pp489-505) (1)
Warning: It is advised that Dong Quai Root not be used if you are pregnant.