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Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)

Definition: Considered one of the best herbal uterine tonics, dong quai is very highly regarded by Asian medical practitioners. Used to correct painful menstruation, hormonal imbalance, postpartum conditions and menopausal symptoms, this herb works well with vitamin E to strengthen the reproductive system.

Applications: Atherosclerosis, anemia, bleeding, fatigue, circulatory insufficiencies, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalance, menstrual disorders (irregular periods, painful periods, PMS), menopause, muscle spasms and poor vitality.

Scientific Updates: The chemical constituents of dong quai have an immediate stimulatory effect on the uterus by strengthening and normalizing uterine contractions. Both animal and human studies have found that dong quai improves peripheral circulation. Research indicates that it is the ferulic acid and lulgustilide content of the herb which prevents spasms and relaxes blood vessels.It also has proven estrogenic activities.

Complementary Agents: Kelp, black cohosh, cramp bark, squaw vine, queen of the meadow, sarsaparilla, licorice, damiana, red raspberry, saw palmetto, wild yam, vitamin E, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, B-complex, calcium/magnesium, potassium, marine lipids and primrose oil.

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