Tang Kuei, also known as Dong Quai, originally hails from traditional Chinese herbal medicine. It consists of the dried, powdered root of this herb and is now commonly available in the western world in capsule form. It can also be taken as an herbal tea. It is most commonly known as a woman’s herb as it is commonly used by women experiencing menopause as a hormonal regulator. But its health benefits go way beyond this single use and extend to both sexes.
Tang Kuei is, of course, primarily used by women in matters relating to hormonal balance. It is rich in phytoestrogens, botanical substances that mimic the action of estrogen. It has the ability to balance female hormone levels, reducing the levels if they are too high and increasing them if they are too low. It is used during the menstrual cycle as well as during menopause and perimenopause. It can therefore be of assistance with such symptoms as hot flushes, mood swings and headaches.
It is also an excellent blood tonic. This is attributed to its specific vitamin and mineral composition which includes vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Nicotinic Acid and Cobalt. The Cobalt helps increase the haemoglobin content of the blood which assists in the transportation of oxygen to the cells and with the removal of carbon dioxide. Chinese women claim that it helps them maintain their youthful beauty. Perhaps this is attributable to its action in the blood, which in turn keeps the skin cells healthy. Additionally, because of its ability to improve circulation it is good to use when recovering from illness or injury.
Tang Kuei is also beneficial for both male and female fertility. Female fertility is aided by the balance of estrogen and the normalisation of the ovulation cycle. The antioxidants in this plant have also been shown to improve sperm quality. This herb has also been used as a nerve tonic, helping to reduce anxiety as well as have an overall calming effect on the nervous system. As such it can be useful as a sleep aid.
Another claim is that Tang Kuei can help with the production of white blood cells due to its level of phytochemicals. This can assist with the treatment of inflammation and therefore inflammatory diseases. This herb should not be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or women suffering from breast cancer, or those suffering from gastrointestinal problems.