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Dong quai, female ginseng
A herb indigenous to China, chinese angelica is beneficial to women in the menopause.
The chopped root.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Often used for female concerns (problematic menstruation, menopause), giving it its common name.
Key actions: Mild laxative, female tonic, anti-inflammatory, antianaemic, antiplatelet, antirrhythmic.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea, irregular menstruation, rheumatism, constipation, anaemia.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Decoction: About 1 teaspoon (1.5 to 3 g) of herb to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon of bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 2 ml (1:3 in 25% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 1.5 to 2.8 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Do not use if you suffer from haemorrhagic disease, acute infections (influenza, colds) and diarrhoea when triggered by poor indigestion.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Apiaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Do not use whilst pregnant.
None known other than one report of gynaecomastia, however the evidence is not strong. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Do not taken with warfarin, as could potentiate its effects.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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