Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) is an herb from the family Apiaceae, native-born to China. It is known as ‘female ginseng’ due to its excellent all-purpose use for women. Dong Quai grows above the sea level in the cold, damp mountains of the China, Japan and Korea. It is usually gets 3 to 4 feet tall. The plant is a fragrant perennial, and has a smooth purplish stem which bears umbrella shaped clusters of white flowers. The root of plant is yellowish brown and thick branched which have several medicinal uses. The plant takes three years to reach the maturity. Tablets, powders and other medicines are produced by harvesting the root. It is an aromatic herb used for menstrual irregularities and is useful in treating and balancing many female problems and cycles. The root contains vitamins like B12, E and A and can be used as a blood purifier. It boosts blood circulation and fosters the blood in males as well as females.
Dong Quai is primarily used by herbologists to treat PMS, menstrual cramping and menstrual pain. It helps in balancing the female body. The plant also has an antihistamine effect which leads to its use as a cure for allergies and respiratory complaints. Chinese studies stated that it is effective in treating anemia and in lowering blood pressure. The extract from the plant can also be used as a flavoring in most cuisine.
Dong Quai can be used for blood pressure stability and insomnia for both women and men. The Chinese have used this herb frequently as a strengthening treatment for the liver, heart and spleen. The plant boosts male fertility and improves sperm quantity as well. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use dong quai.