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Dong Quai : The Gentle Don Which Treats Not Only Women

The Great Nature is really smart. Isnít it curious how She manages things into balance! She made the woman suffer every month to get her blood renovated and she gave the woman the remedy for that. That remedy is Dong Quai (also Angelica sinensis, Chinese angelica, dang gui, tang kuei), an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea and Japan. It has been used since ancient times to regulate the menstrual cycle and to treat menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes. But the herbís ability to be a good strengthening treatment for the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys made it general blood tonic for both men and women.

Among the components of Dong Quai are vitamins E, A and B12, ligustilide, butylphthalide, ferulic acid and various polysaccharides. These active elements act for spasms prevention, reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels. A balancing effect on estrogen activity is another use of this herb.

The effectiveness of the herb in treating menstrual cramps is explained by the presence of antispasmotic compounds that relax muscle tissue relieving the pain. Constituents of Dong Quai also act to stimulate the central nervous system which can remedy menstrual weakness and headaches.

To prepare the remedy the whole root of the herb is used, it is found in tea, herbal preparations, capsules and extracts, it generally comes in tablet, liquid extract, and raw root forms.

The best effect of Dong Quai in providing long term relief from menopause syndromes is observed if the remedy is taken regularly for between 8 and 12 weeks, and especially it is noticeable at the end of the treatment. Using Dong Quai regularly relieves menstrual cramps, prevents the symptoms of menopause and PMS, corrects hormone imbalance and acts as a general tonic for the female reproductive system.

For today, many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested and the brands are often made with variable ingredients. That is the reason that thereíre no strict prescriptions as for the doses. The dose can make from 0.8 to 1.1% ligustilide, or to 0.5 milligrams per kilogram of ferulic acid. 1 gram of 100% Dong Quai extract makes equivalent to approximately 4 grams of raw Dong Quai root. Any of these doses hasnít been proved yet for safety and effectiveness. A typical dose a day in tablet or liquid extract form is 2 to 4 grams . In Chinese medicine Dong Quai is produced in a special way - it is boiled or soaked in wine, then the liquid is taken orally while the root is being removed.

The herb grows in the cold, damp, mountain regions of China, Korea and Japan. Itís interesting how differently the herb is used in East and West. In the United States and Europe Dong Quai is a popular flavouring component in food products (liqueurs, vermouths, ice cream, candy, gelatins, and puddings) while in Asia it is primarily used medicinally. So in this way Dong Quai becomes universal herb to satisfy the epicure's taste and treat female troubles.

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AngelHeart
2008-02-12 11:41:16
This sounds perfect for me, except I cannot find it within the rual area that of which I live. Thank you for the information, and you time.
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