Native to China, Japan, and Korea, Dong Quai is a small perennial that grows up to three feet in height. In the summer, it produces umbrella-shaped clusters of small, sweet-smelling flowers. It is native to high altitude regions growing best in cold, damp areas. The flowers are very attractive to bees and other helpful insects. Dong Quai, was used in Ayurvedic Medicine and often taken internally as tea or tincture to help with the symptoms of menopause.
History and Folklore:
Dong Quai is considered an important botanical in Asia, where the herb has been used for thousands of years. According to an ancient Chinese folktale, when a plague was ravaging China, a monk had a vision of an angel who told him how to use Dong Quai to cure the plague.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the root in the fall from plants aged at least 3 years. Dried herb can be used in teas and tinctures.
Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Dong Quai should not be used with blood thinners.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
analgesic, antispasmodic, laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant
Chinese Angelica, Female Ginseng, Women’s Ginseng, Danggui, Danngui, Dong Qua, Tang Kuei, Tang Kwei, Doong Quai, Qingui, Yungui, Kara Toki, Min-gui, Tan Kue Bai zhi
Tincture Ingredients: Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)
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