Angelica sinensis Common name: Dong Quai
Part used: Dried root
Constituents: Furanocoumarins (ligustilide), Phytosterols, Polysaccharides, Ferulic acid, Flavonoids, VO
Actions: Uterine tonic (stimulating action on uterus), Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Circulatory tonic
Medical uses: Uterine tonic & stimulant useful in cases of any pelvic congestion and/or blood stasis such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, PMS, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms and infertility. Anti-inflammatory polysaccharides are specific to gastric mucosa & cardio-protective effects reduce atherogenesis, and protects against reperfusion injury. In TCM theory is used to move & nourish the blood in cases of deficiency.
Pharmacy: Tincture: (1:2, 45 %), 4-8 ml QD. Decoction: 3-15 g of dried root TID.
Contraindications: Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, Pregnancy & fibroids.
Toxicity: Very safe.
Interactions: Some anti-platelet activity, so use caution with anticoagulant drugs.