Dong Quai Herb Benefits and Information

Dong Quai Herb Benefits and Information

Dong Quai is a member the celery family of plants. The herb produces white flowers with a green hue that bloom from May to August, and the plant is typically found growing in moist mountain gullies, meadows, along river banks and in coastal areas. The root of the Dong Quai plant has a number of medicinal appications.

Dong Quai, or traditionally known as Chinese Angelica, is commonly used for supporting female health in both America and China. Traditional Chinese medicine, frequently refers to Dong Quai as female ginseng.

Dong quai's constituents are believed to be able to stimulate the central nervous system whereby alleviating weakness and frequent headaches associated with menstrual disorders. Dong quai also strengthens the internal reproductive organs. It also may support relief from symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Dosage Information

Dong quai as a root is often ground into powder and taken in capsule or tablet form. Women usually take 3 to 4 grams per day. Strengths of commercial preparations may vary, so make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions on the label.

Possible Side Effects

Dong quai may cause those with fair skin, to become more sensitive to sunlight. Those consuming this herb on a regular basis, should minimize exposure to the sun and all kinds of ultraviolet radiation. Dong quai should not be taken if pregnant or by women who are breast-feeding.

There is some concern that some medications may have a negative interaction with dong quai. Consult a doctor before taking dong quai if you are taking other medications.

Supporting Literature

DerMarderosian A, ed. Dong Quai. In: Facts and Comparisons The Review of Natural Products. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co.: 1997.
Foster S, Yue CX. Herbal Emissaries. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1992, 65-72.
Hardy ML. Herbs of special interest to women. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2000;40(2):234-242.