Hormonal lately? Look at Dong Quai.
Have you been feeling a little hormonal lately? Emotional? Little off? Maybe you are like me. I don’t think I’m being hormonal; but my family is telling me that I’ve been “cra cra” a lot lately. That is their “code word” for when my hormones are making me crazy.
There are lots of options both in the conventional and alternative medicine world for balancing female hormones. I’ve tried many options from hormone therapy to the natural side like MACA. Each had its benefits at the time for my body. I’m always learning more about female hormones and what natural herbs can help with my various issues.
When opening up my personal Herb & Spice library today, I was
reminded about the benefits of Dong Quai (Angelica) to the female body. Dong Quai has delicate tiny flowers and yellowish brown roots with a woody smell of peppermint and pine. That sounds good if it could also smell of dark chocolate too. Ok, add caramel to that. Maybe, it could be just an herb plant of just chocolate and caramel. Ok, I’m hormonal. Back to our discussions of Dong Quai.
Dong Quai is called the “female ginseng” for its ability to benefit the female reproduction system. The first benefit is that is can balance and regulate hormone levels in the female body. It can decrease estrogen levels if they are too high and even help increase estrogen levels if they are too low. By balancing your hormones, it can potentially regulate your menstrual periods.
That brings us to the next benefit. It can help with menstruation problems. If your hormones are working like they should then it will aid in menopause and premenstrual symptoms. Dong Quai has antispasmodic prosperities; which will help with cramping and mood swings. It has also been used for endometriosis.
Does it sounds too good to be true? Well, let’s talk about one more benefits. By balancing your hormones, Dong Quai can be used as an aphrodisiac. What is an aphrodisiac? You will have to google that word a little. I don’t want to embarrass anyone. Dong Quai can help increase your libido levels according to some research studies and has been used to help with fertility issues.
Dong Quai is available in tinctures, powders, and even pill form. If you would like to add it to your meals, Dong Quai goes well with oranges, almonds, ginger and rhubarb. Its best herbal partners are rose geranium and lavender. Your meals will look pretty also.
With any herb or spice, we need to talk about the precautions of using this herb. Caution should be used by individuals with breast, uterine, or prostate cancer. Pregnant women or children should not use it. Dong Quai increase the risk of bleeding and may have interactions with blood thinners. Because of Dong Quai’s may act like estrogen in the body, you definitely need to check with your doctor if you use any hormone medications or birth control pills. With any herb and/or spice used for medicinal (not culinary) purposes, I do recommend that you talk with a doctor before you start any new herb or spice supplementation in your body.
DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice, medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs, spices, vitamins, or minerals mentioned in this posting. This information is merely a discussion of “thoughts” among friends.