Information on Dang Gui

Latin NameAngelica sinensis
Other NamesDong quai
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tablet, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsBlood, Reproductive system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy. Also, avoid use when experiencing weak digestion accompanied by watery stools. As far as is now known, based on an extensive review of the literature and from traditional use, dang gui is not estrogenic, and thus safe to take wit
Botanical InfoA small, fern-leafed aromatic plant from the parsley family native to China.
DescriptionDang gui is best known for its blood-tonifying and blood-strengthening properties. It vitalizes the blood and tonifies the uterus and female generative organs. It is used for anemia (in both men and women), amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and irregular menstruation, and in formulas for relieving the unpleasant symptoms associated with PMS and menopause. Dang gui is further used for general debility and circulatory problems, such as angina and coronary heart problems. It is one of the most widely used herbs in the world.

Dong Quai has a taste of SWEET, ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful daily

Ailments Treated by Dang Gui

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Amenorrheablood builder and movertea, tincture, tablet, capsule
Anemiablood buildertea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Chronic fatigue syndromeblood buildertincture, capsule, tea
Faintingtonifies the bloodtablet, tincture, capsule, tea
Fibroid cystsblood mover and buildertincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Menopauseblood movertincture, tablet, capsule, tea


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