Dong Quai is a Chinese herb derived from the root of Angelica sinensis. A staple of eastern medicinal practice for thousands of years, Dong quai has been used in the treatment of female disorders such as menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome and to relieve symptoms associated with menopause.
Modern herbalists commonly recommend Dong quai as a uterine tonic to treat irregular menstrual flow and weakness during menstrual periods. As an antispasmodic, it is considered a remedy for menstrual cramps and nervousness. It is also said to purify the blood and act as a mild laxative.
Dong quai also contains compounds that act to stimulate the central nervous system, supporting its use as a mild energizer.
Pregnant women, and women with excessive menstrual flow, should avoid using this herb.