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Although it is not considered a phytoestrogen, dong quai works as a tonic for the female reproductive organs and may be helpful for PMS and menopause. This might be due largely to aromatic compounds in dong quai root that relieve smooth muscle spasms, especially in the uterus.
Considered the primary herb for women, dong quai has many other beneficial effects on the body, which makes it useful for everyone. It is an immune system enhancer because it stimulates B and T lymphocyte activity and dong quai's blood vessel dilating ability can lower blood pressure. The coumarins in dong quai act as vasodilators and antispasmodics.
Dong quai also inhibits platelet aggregation, probably through the presence of ferulic acid. "Dong quai root was studied in patients who had chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver. It improved protein metabolism in 60% of the patients."
Chinese physicians use dong quai to treat anemia, injuries, migraine headaches, and numerous other conditions. Dong quai increases red blood cell production making it helpful for fatigue as well as anemia because most of us function more efficiently when there are plenty of red blood cells oxygenating the blood.
Dong quai 4:1 extract (Angelica sinensis)
Dong quai powder (Angelica sinensis)
(rhizome and root)...........250 mg