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Dong Quai, Angelica sinensis
Parts used: Root.
Constituents: 40% sucrose, essential oil, carotene, nicotinic acid, adenine, Vit B12, E, phytosterols, ferulic acid, fixed oil, and the coumarins angelol and angelicone.
Actions: Alterative, Sedative, Amphoteric, Female Tonic, Emmenagogue, Anodyne, Antiplatelet, Laxative mild, Hepatic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiarrhythmic.
Indications:
Builds blood, dysmenorrhoea, anaemia.
Pain caused by stagnation of blood, hypertension, headache.
Amenorrhoea, irregular menstruation + Paeonia.
Hypertension associated with menopause, water retention.
Regulates menstruation, increases fertility, relieves menstrual cramps, supports all symptoms of menopause.
Prevents blood clotting (do not use with blood thinning drugs).
Constipation.
Increases metabolism and detoxification in the liver; prevents lipid deposits in arteries, inhibits bacterial growth.
Neuralgias and musculoskeletal injuries.
Palpitations and cardiac arrhythmias, and cardiovascular disorders (with Dan Shen).
Herbal extract: 30-60mL per week.
Energetics: Warm, acrid, sweet, Bitter.
Meridians: heart, liver, spleen.
Caution: Uterine stimulant; Do not use during pregnancy, coumarins in this herb may cause excessive bleeding if used during menstruation or menopausal bleeding.
Acute viral infections such as colds or influenza.