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Dong quai, botanical name angelica sinensis, is the most used herb in China. It has been used for thousands of years, for all kinds of women's health issues.
It's main uses during menopause are to help balance estrogen. It also nourishes the blood and may help keep your heart and liver healthy.
Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) use this herb to invigorate the blood. It may lower blood pressure, and has blood-thinning properties as well. It strengthens liver function and increases your body's utilization of Vitamin E. It can also relieve water retention and nourish vaginal tissues.
Side Effects are rare.
Don't use in pregnancy, during your period, or with excessive flow. Don't use if you are bloated or have diarrhea.
The root is used in teas, soups and formulas by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – they never use dong quai by itself. A formula recommended to me by my TCM doctor is Tang Kwei Gin. For best results, work with a doctor of Chinese Medicine to determine usage requirements. That being said, the usual dose for the tincture is 15-30 drops 3 times/day.