Dong quai is a perennial aromaticherb commonly grown in the mountain regions of China, Japan and Korea. Itproduces white flowers that blooms in cluster that resembles small umbrellas. Itsthick-branched roots have many medicinal uses. Traditional Chinese medicineuses it to treat fatigue, high blood pressure, anemia and various gynecologicalconditions.
Dong quai is abundant in variousactive constituents. It contains volatile oils which are very rich innicotinic, ferulic and succinct acid. The root of dong quai is very rich in folicand ascorbic acid, calcium, arytenoids, biotin, magnesium and vitamins E, A,and B12. The plant is loaded with a large number of photochemical such asflavonoids. It commonly gets combined with other herbs for the treatment of variousmenstrual complications and uterine bleeding. It has been used for thousands ofyears for helping the regulation of menstrual cycle and relief of menstrualpain. Dong quai can also be used for the improvement of coronary circulation, and the heart rate improves the blood pressure. It can also control arrhythmia,decrease high levels of blood pressure and relieve problems associated withperipheral circulation.
Dong quai promotes uterinehealth, and when combined with chaste berry it restores the proper balance ofhormones and relieves the menstrual cramping, regulates infrequent menstrualperiods and lessens the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Dong quai increasesvaginal secretions and nourishes the vaginal tissue by promoting the synthesisof natural progesterone. When combined with certain types of herbal remedies itcan control hot flashes and reduces vaginal dryness very efficiently. It hasmuscle relaxing properties which quiet the spasms in the internal organs.
Dong quai strengthens ventricularcontractility, and increases the peripheral and coronary blood flow, reduces theblood pressure and arterial hyperlipidemia, prevents experimentalatherosclerosis and slows down the blood rate. It opens up the blood vessels,controls spasms and stimulates the central nervous system. Dong quai increasesthe blood flow to the uterus and acts as a tonic on all female reproductiveorgans. It’s also very efficient in normalizing irregular uterinecontractions and increasing the rate of uterine tissue multiplication.
Dong quai has very importantanalgesic, laxative, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antispasmodic andantibacterial properties. It can relieve emotional stress and irritability,treat anemia as a liver tonic, normalize digestion and relieve migraineheadaches.
Dong quai is generally safe touse, but it is not recommended for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Peoplewho have cancer should avoid it, as well.