In many multivitamins for women today, Dang Gui (å½“å½’)Â orÂ Angelica Sinensis,Â features strongly as one of the key ingredients.Â AlsoÂ known asÂ Chinese Angelica Root, Dong Quai, or Tang Kuei, Dang GuiÂ is highly respected in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is also called the female ginseng and is an excellent all purpose womenâ€™s herb.Â
Commonly used to treat womenâ€™s reproductive health issues,Â Dang Gui is a blood revitalizing tonic which helps to improve blood circulation as well asÂ recommended to help prevent and treat some forms of cardiovascular disease.
Dang Gui is said to help balance womenâ€™s hormone levels, both restraining and supplementing the bodyâ€™s production of estrogen.Â It is often used toÂ regulate theÂ menstrual cycle, ease premenstrual pain and generally treat menstrual and menopausal symptoms, including migraine, cramps, mood fluctuations, and hot flashes. It is also said to help speed a womanâ€™s recovery from childbirth and symptoms of low energy or chronic fatigue.
Women who are under theÂ pill can also consume this Chinese herbÂ to regain their normal menstrual cycles. However, Dang Gui should not be used during menstruation, as it can stimulate too much bleeding.Â Therefore, women with heavy menstrual flow should not use Dang Gui at all.Â And very important,Â pregnant womenÂ should not take this herb because it may encourage menstruation and cause miscarriage.
Dang Gui is also known to cause diarrhea in some people, so those with gastrointestinal problems should also avoid this medication.Â In addition, people who are taking blood thinners should consult a doctor before taking this herb as it may increase the effects of these drugs.