dong quai (generic name)

an herbal product - treats Angina pectoris / coronary artery disease, Glomerulonephritis, Menstrual migraine headache, Dysmenorrhea, Arthritis,...
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Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abdominal pain, abnormal fetal movement, abnormal heart rhythms, abscesses, age-related nerve damage, AIDS, allergy, anemia, anorexia nervosa, anti-aging, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-tumor (brain tumors), antiviral, anxiety, asthma, back pain, bleomycin-induced lung damage, blood flow disorders, blood purifier, blurred vision, body pain, boils, bone growth, breast enlargement, bronchitis, Buerger's disease, cancer, central nervous system disorders, cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix), chilblains, chronic hepatitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic rhinitis, cholagogue (promotes the flow of bile), cirrhosis, colchicine-induced learning impairment, congestive heart failure (CHF), constipation, cough, cramps, dermatitis, diabetes, digestion disorders, dysentery, eczema, emotional instability, endometritis, expectorant, fatigue, fibrocystic breast disease, flatulence (gas), fluid retention, gastric ulcer, glaucoma, headache, heartburn, hematopoiesis (stimulation of blood cell production), hemorrhoids (bleeding), hemolytic disease of the newborn, hernia, high cholesterol, hormonal abnormalities, immune cytopenias, immune suppressant, infections, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pain, labor aid, laxative, leukorrhea (vaginal discharge), liver protection, lung disease, malaria, menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), menstrual cramping, miscarriage prevention, morning sickness, muscle relaxant, osteoporosis, ovulation abnormalities, pain, pain from bruises, palpitations, pelvic congestion syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, peritoneal dialysis, pleurisy, post-partum weakness, pregnancy support, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), psoriasis, prolapsed uterus, pulmonary fibrosis, Raynaud's disease, reperfusion injury, respiratory tract infection, rheumatic diseases, sciatica, sedative, sepsis, shingles (herpes zoster), skin pigmentation disorders, skin ulcers, stiffness, stomach cancer, stress, stroke, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), toothache, uterine fibroids, vaginal atrophy, vitamin E deficiency, wound healing.

Dosing

Adults (18 years and older)

Dong quai is used in numerous herbal combinations, and various doses have been used both traditionally and in research in China. Because of this variation and lack of high-quality studies, no specific recommendations can be made. Safety and effectiveness are not established for most herbal combinations, and the amounts of Dong quai present from batch to batch may vary.

Powdered or dried root/root slices, fluid extracts, tinctures, decoctions, and dried leaf preparations of Dong quai are available to be taken orally. Topical preparations are available to be applied to the skin. Safety of intravenous use is not established, although it has been reported in research.

Children (younger than 18 years)

There is not enough scientific data to recommend Dong quai for use in children, and it is not recommended due to potential side effects.

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