Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dong Quei - Monograph

Common Name – Dong Quai or Angelica
Botanical Name – Angelica sinensis
Parts Used – Root
Active constituents - Coumarins, bergapten, linalool and borneol.
So what is Dong Quai good for?
Dong Quai has been known as the female ginseng because of it powers of helping the female body acquire and retain balance. It is known to be a uterine tonic and hormonal regulator for women. Dong Quai can be helpful in the treatment of anemia, PMS, menopausal symptoms, weak glands and in regulating monthly periods.
3-4 grams should be taken per day either in a powdered root form taken as capsules or made into a tea.
How do you make dong quai tea?
Boil 4 grams of the root in three cups of water for ten minutes and let cool. Strain out the used herb and drink one cup three times a day.
Should not be used during pregnancy and lactation.
May cause increased sensitivity to sunlight

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