Common name: Dong Quai, Chinese Angelica
Part used: Root
Habitat: Frost hardy to zone 7, this aromatic perennial stands 0.5-1m high. Found natively in forests and cool damp areas of western and north-western China.
Constituents: Essential oil (0.4% to 0.7%) particularly phthalides ligustilide and n-butylidenephthalide, phytosterols, coumarins and ferulic acid.
Actions: Menstrual tonic, anti-anaemic, anti-inflammatory, anti-arrhythmic, mild laxative, circulatory tonic
Traditional and current uses:
• Painful, absent or irregular periods, PMS, endometriosis
• Chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver
• COPD and cor pulmonale
• Congealed blood arising from traumatic injuries, swellings, contusions, bruising
• Blood deficiency (TCM); tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations
• Fatigue or those convalescing from physical trauma
• Impaired circulation
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