Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is a member of the celery family. The plant is typically found growing in damp mountain ravines, riverbanks, meadows, and coastal areas. Its greenish-white flowers bloom from May to August.
For centuries, Dong quai has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate gynecological complaints, including dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and amenorrhea (lack of menstruation). It has also been used as a uterine smooth muscle relaxant and for alleviating menopausal symptoms (like hot flashes and vaginal dryness). It has been called the “ultimate herb” for women, and it is commonly found in many mixed herbal products developed specifically for use by women.
Dong quai is not recommended for use during pregnancy and lactation.