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Dong Quai                         
(Angelica sinensis)        

General Description:  An aromatic root used in Oriental Medicine.   It is considered in Chinese medicine as the yin.  Most all-purpose herb for women.

Part Used:   Root and rhizomes

Uses: 

 hot flashes 

  high blood pressure

  emotional discord

   GI upset

Action:  Produces antispasmodic effects, vasodilation, pain relief,  anti-inflammatory, relaxes smooth muscle  and estrogen effects 
( some studies refute).    
   

 Dosage: 

                  Tincture of fresh or dried roots, 10-40 drops, 1-3/day

                  Dried roots as infusion up to 250ml/day

Precautions/Adverse Reactions:   Can be photosensitizing . May experience a laxative effect or bloating.  Can cause breast tenderness.  

 Contraindications:  Do not use in pregnancy or during lactation.  The essential oil contains safrole that is carcinogenic in animals and has been banned by the FDA.  

Nursing Considerations:

     Do not use with Coumadin.  

      Watch for bleeding and fever.

      Limit sun exposure due to photosensitizing properties

      Use cautiously with ASA.  

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Aloe ] Bilberry ] Black Cohash ] Chamomile ] Chaste Berry Tree ] [ Dong Quai ] Echinacea ] Evening Primrose Oil ] Feverfew ] Garlic ] Ginger ] Ginkgo ] Ginseng ] Guarana ] Hawthorn ] Horse Chestnut ] Kava-Kava ] Ma Huang ] Milk Thistle ] Nettle ] St. John's Wort ] Saw Palmetto ] Tea Tree Oil ] Valerian ] Yohimbe ]