Dong Quai Angelica sinensis
Dong Quai is famous as an overall tonic for the reproductive system that assists the body in using and balancing hormones and has been used to relieve the discomforts of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), menorrhagia (abnormal menstruation), and may help in cases of infertility.
After the delivery of a child, women have considered Dong Quai a post-partum tonic that helps to regulate the menses and build the blood. It is also thought to re-establish the menstrual cycle after withdrawal from birth control pills.
As a uterine tonic, it promotes an increase in contractions followed by a prolonged relaxation. vaginal dryness. As a support for healthy blood and cardiovascular function, both men and women use Dong Quai as a tonic to cleanse and purify the blood, promoting better blood circulation and helping to improve brain stimulation and alertness.
Dong Quai is said to possess significant blood pressure-lowering action, due to its ability to dilate blood vessels, and it is also reported to possess calcium channel blockers, which help a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions, including hypertension, arteriosclerosis and angina. By inhibiting platelet aggregation, Dong Quai increases blood flow to the heart, brain and extremities, and the compounds in Dong Quai appear to impede blood clotting, improving overall circulation, thereby helping to guard against stroke and heart attack.
In regard to eye disorders Dong Quai contains flavonoid compounds that are said to keep microscopic blood vessels in the eye from leaking and causing swelling in the retina, and they are also thought to impede the formation of microscopic blood clots that might impede circulation in the eye.