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Dong quai is a plant. The root is used to make medicine. It is a low-temperature and long-sunshine crop, suitable for cold and cool climate, and can be cultivated at an altitude of 1500-3000m. The rate of lichen extraction is high in the low sea area. The seedling stage is shade-loving and the transmittance is 10%
Dong quai is commonly taken by mouth for menopausal symptoms, menstrual cycle conditions such as migraines and many other conditions.
How does it work?
Dong quai root has been shown to affect estrogen and other hormones in animals.
Possible side effects include:
- Dong quai can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun. This might put you at greater risk for sunburn and skin cancer. Wear sun block outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
- Taking dong quai in large amounts for a long period of time is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Dong quai contains chemicals that may cause cancer.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking dong quai by mouth during pregnancy or when breast-feeding is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for the baby. Dong quai seems to affect the muscles of the uterus. There is one report of a baby born with birth defects to a mother who took a product containing dong quai and other herbs during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Do not use dong quai if you are pregnant.
- There is one report of a breast-fed baby who developed high blood pressure after his mother ate soup containing dong quai. Stay on the safe side and don't use it if you are breast-feeding.
- Bleeding disorders. Dong quai might slow blood clotting and increase the chance of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
- Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Dong quai might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by estrogen, don't use dong quai.
- Protein S deficiency: People with protein S deficiency have an increased risk of blood clots. Dong quai might increase the risk of blood clots in people with protein S deficiency. Don't use dong quai if you have protein S deficiency.
- Surgery: Dong quai might slow blood clotting. It might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking dong quai at least 2 weeks before surgery.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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