March 22, 2023


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Chinese Herb Angelica Sinensis-Dong Quai

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A Chinese Herb called Angelica sinensis or known as Dong Quai is a herb from the family Apiaceae, indigenous to China.
Angelica sinensis grows in cool high altitude mountains in China, Japan, and Korea.
The yellowish brown root of the plant is harvested in fall and is a well-known Chinese medicine used over thousands of years.

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The dried root of sinensis is commonly known as Chinese angelica and is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for women’s health,
cardiovascular conditions, osteoarthrosis, inflammation, headache, infections, mild anemia, fatigue and high blood pressure.
he dong quai means that a husband shall return back to his wife,
which is implicitly said to help women’s sexual health.

Dong quai is used for menopause vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes. However, a randomized, double blind,
placebo-controlled clinical trial showed that dong quai was no more effective than placebo.

Chinese Herb Angelica Sinensis-Dong Quai

Potential anti-osteoporotic effects of dong quai independent of any estrogen mechanism were evaluated in rat models which showed that the extract of sinensis may prevent the bone loss.
However, more high quality human evidence is needed to confirm same anti-osteoporotic effects of dong quai in humans.

Dong quai contains a chemical compound called butylidenephthalide which has antispasmodic activity in vitro and might relieve dysmenorrhoea muscle cramps by relaxing the uterus muscle.
However, this claim lacks evidence of effectiveness in human clinical

In an animal study, Dong quai also induced hair growth via the Inhibition of Apoptosis Signaling.

Overall, the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of dong quai for most uses.
There is evidence that A. sinensis may affect the muscles of the uterus.
Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should not use A. sinensis, because it may induce a miscarriage
Taking A. sinensis can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun, leading to a greater risk for skin cancer.
One case of gynaecomastia has been reported following consumption of dong quai root powder pills.
Large and prolonged doses of the plant is not advised as it contains compounds that are considered carcinogenic.

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