Premenstrual Disorder (PMS), Menopause, Estrogen Deficiency
Dong Quai (also known as Tang Kuei or Dang Gui) is a famous Chinese herb used for many menstrual irregularities. It is used during menopause to lessen the negative symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, and irritability. It is also used in premenstrual (PMS) disorders to decrease the discomfort of cramps, slow onset, dull ache, mood swings, bloating, and irritability. Dong Quai is an estrogen synergist. It blends the binding or absorption sites where estrogen is absorbed into the body and will increase levels of estrogen. In menopause where estrogen is decreasing, it helps satisfy the body's craving and diminishes symptoms. In PMS, Dong Quai accentuates the phase from menses to ovulation. It is especially useful for cycles longer than 28 days. It is contraindicated for cycles less than 28 days, which is estrogen excess (use Chaste Tree Berries here). Dong Quai will help bring a longer cycle back to a 28-day cycle, help bring on a crampy slow onset period, and possibly help alleviate a dry vagina. Dong Quai helps swollen prostates for men due to its ability to lessen pelvic congestion. It also purifies and nourishes the blood and has been found useful in the treatment of Anemia.