Dong Quai: 7 Beauty and Health Benefits

Dong Quai: 7 Beauty and Health Benefits

The Asian miracle herb dong quai benefits the human body in many ways.  Typically employed as a supplement in tea, this herb has long been used to treat health issues specific to women as well as general issues with digestion and the respiratory system.  If you are anemic or using blood thinners, do not use dong quai in any form.  Otherwise, here are seven ways dong quai can make you look and feel fantastic.

 7 Reasons to Use Dong Quai

 This herb has been used for many years to treat various conditions and promote bodily health.  Be sure to consult with a physician if you have any condition or are on any medication before deciding to take this herb.

Anti-Allergen

 Dong quai has been known to prevent or reduce the severity of allergic reactions.  This is done by reducing the amount of histamine and serotonin in the body, which are the main cause of allergies.

 Anti-Inflammation

 Especially when the inflammation is in the upper respiratory system, dong quai acts as one of the most effective natural remedies for this type of irritation.  It may even be a viable early treatment for sepsis, which is a body-wide inflammatory condition that often results in death.

Skin Care

 This herb can be used to treat a number of skin diseases, such as the hives, eczema, and neurodermatitis.  It can also be utilized to cleanse the skin, prevent the effects of aging, improve one’s complexion, and increase overall skin health.

 Improve Fertility

 Infertility is a pertinent issue in today’s society.  Dong quai is a known natural supplement that increases fertility in women.  In comparison to the costly medical procedures and medication, this herb has a far better cost-to-effectiveness ratio.

 Cough Suppressant

 Considering that this herb has anti-inflammatory properties focused in the respiratory system, it is no surprise that it can be used to calm or eliminate a cough.  Aside from calming the spasms that cause the body to involuntarily cough, it will also get rid of mucus.

 Youth and Energy

 It is speculated that this herb is responsible for the overall preservation of youthful beauty in women.  There is no solid proof of this, but it definitely promotes greater health, so this is possible.  Dong quai improves the body’s circulation of blood, resulting in better color in the skin and more energy.  It also acts as a detoxifying agent for the bloodstream.

 Happiness

 Finally, dong quai acts as a muscle relaxer.  It will greatly reduce tension in the body and relax the nervous system, resulting in less discomfort and physical stress.  This translates to overall greater happiness and increased energy.

Possible Adverse Effects

 Many fantastic benefits of dong quai exist, but it can produce negative side-effects in some cases.  First of all, any person who has breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer should not take this herb in any form.  It has some of the same effects on the body as estrogen, which could result in these cancers worsening very quickly.

 For men in particular, the estrogen-like properties of dong quai can cause unusual health complications.  Some of these side effects are minor, while others are fairly serious – such as gynecomastia, a condition in which men develop more tissue in their breasts.  This is not particularly dangerous to one’s health, but it can be uncomfortable and worrying, especially considering that it can also develop as a precursor to testicular cancer.

 Any drug or condition that enhances one of the same qualities that dong quai enhances could potentially be dangerous if taken at the same time.  As mentioned previously, blood thinners – such as garlic, ginger, and ginseng, or some pill-form blood thinner – can interact with dong quai to multiply the effects of blood thinning.  Any drugs that induce, enhance, or affect hormones in any way (such as estrogen pills) may also be dangerous to take in tandem.

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