Dong Quai (Angelica) is a plant that is native to China, Korea and Japan. It has been used for centuries in ancient Asian and Oriental civilization.
Dong Quai is also known as willow older, the Female ginseng, Sovereign herb for women, Empress of the herbs, Dang gui and Tang-kuei.
What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Dong Quai may be helpful for weight loss. Dong Quai contains vitamins E and B12. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and vitamin B12 aides in the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The actions of vitamins E and B12 are thought to underlie its antioxidant and diuretic and weight loss properties.
This herb has been widely used as an anti-microbial. It stimulates immune system response, contributing to immune system function.
Dong Quai is also a rich source of iron.
Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Females who want to lose weight may benefit from Dong Quai supplementation. Also, women with weak or compromised immune systems can benefit from the immune system stimulating properties of Dong Quai.
There are no symptoms of deficiency.
How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Strictly adhere to label recommendations.
Side effects of use can include mild sedation, sensitivity to sunlight, and blood thinning.
Persons on blood thinning medications, or those who take stimulants, depressants or medicine for diabetes should consult their physician prior to use, as Dong Quai may interact with these medications.