Dong Quai tea has been known since ancient times as being potent as a female reproductive tonic. Its name dong quai means “state of return” and is known to refer to the hormonal and emotional balance that women return to after taking the herb.
Dong Quai is a perennial aromatic herb that grows in China and Japan. Dong quai has a round, hollow stem that grows as high as 7 feet. It has large leaves that look like those of carrot or celery. The leaves emerge from dilated sheaths surrounding a bluish-colored stem that is branched at the top. Dong quai flowers are honey-scented, with a greenish hue that bloom between May and August.
Also known as angelica sinensis, dong quai’s active constituents are sequiterpenes, dihyrophthalic anhydride, ligustilide and beta-sitosterol, among others. Dong quai is rich in vitamins A, C and E, cobalt, iron, vitamin B complex, magnesium, and potassium.
Dong quai has analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-coagulant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
Pregnant and lactating women, and people who are on blood thinning medicine are advised not to use dong quai.
Tea infusion, capsules, and extracts are often used to derive the health benefits of dong quai. To make dong quai tea, place about 1 to 2 grams of the dried dong quai root or powder into a cup of water that’s simmered for 2 to 5 minutes. Then remove the mix from the heat and let stand for a further 5 to 10 minutes. One to three cups of dong quai tea may be taken per day.
The following are the health benefits attributed to dong quai tea:
- May help reduce pre-menstrual syndrome, as well as menstrual pains.
- May help alleviate difficulties associated with menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, insomnia and mood changes.
- May be a helpful complement in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
- May help in the treatment of fatigue, anemia and high blood pressure in both sexes.
- May help relieve pain caused by poor circulation, neuralgia and arthritis in both sexes.
- Stimulates the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.
- May help relieve emotional distress and irritability.