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Dong Quai

Dong Quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan and is used by herbalists as a treatment for a variety of gynaecological complaints, ranging from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal problems. Nicknamed ‘female ginseng’ due to its benefits for women, Dong Quai is also effective for men’s fertility.

Dong Quai is considered the queen of herbs by the Chinese and is China’s most popular herb for women. Chinese physicians use dong quai to enrich the blood, promote circulation, regulate menstruation, calm nerves and soothe the intestines.

As is typical with Chinese medicine, it is usually not used alone and is most effective when combined with other herbs like Damiana and Horny Goat Weed.

Benefits of all-natural Dong Quai for women

Dong Quai offers a number of benefits:

  • It is an excellent gynaecological regulator. It is known to balances high estrogen levels and can increase them if they are too low.
  • It is widely used for a range of common women’s conditions such as painful periods, cramps, menopausal symptoms, infertility, osteoporosis and anaemia. Tens of thousands of women have reported that taking the herb for four to six weeks stops hot flushes related to menopause.
  • The antispasmodic properties of ligustilide, a component of the Dong Quai, have a soothing effect and help relieve menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS. It also aids in regulating the menstrual cycle.
  • Dong Quai is shown to boost female fertility and can serve as a natural alternative to expensive fertility treatments. Women who stop taking birth control pills may also find Dong Quai helps encourage a regular cycle again.

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Studies on Dong Quai and women’s health

According to medical herbalist Richard Whelan, since 1920 various Oriental scientists and doctors have conducted research on the effects of Dong Quai on the uterus. It has been found to cause contractions when first administered, but then brings about a strong relaxation of the uterus. It has been shown to help in cases of painful menstruation by causing contractions to become more rhythmic and orderly.

A combination of Dong Quai, Corydalis and Paeony showed a 93 percent success rate for treating dysmenorrhea (painful periods) in an uncontrolled clinical trial. And infertility resulting from tubal occlusion was treated for up to nine months with uterine irrigation using Dong Quai extract in an uncontrolled trial. Nearly 80 percent of patients regained tubal openness and 53 percent became pregnant.

Is Dong Quai Safe To Use?

Dong Quai is accepted as safe as a food additive in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia. Side effects are rare and are generally related to digestive upsets or allergic reactions like rashes.

It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

The use of Dong Quai should be stopped before major surgery or major dental procedures.

If worry or discomfort occurs, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

Herbal Ignite for women’s health

Dong Quai is a key ingredient in Herbal Ignite for Women, a health formula that assists women’s libido and premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.

Dong Quai, together with Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Damiana, is recognised for its benefits to women’s sexual and reproductive health and all four herbs been used for centuries in traditional medicine.

Herbal Ignite is a New Zealand company and the herbs are approved under the Therapeutics Goods Act for use in Australia. Herbal Ignite for Women is 100% natural and is generally free of unpleasant side effects. It is manufactured in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

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Warning: Use as directed. If you are on prescription medicines for angina or heart disease, check with your doctor before use

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