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Medicinal properties and applications: carminative, stomachic, diuretic, diaphroetic, compress for bronchitis, tea or decoction for appendicitis, liver, spleen, colic, kidney, diuretic, and asthma. (Rain 1990 118,184)
Term definitions: carminative: relieving flatulence; Stomachic: promotes appetite or digestion; Diuretic: increase flow of urine; Diaphoretic: induces prespiration(sweating); Compress: a towel soaked in medicine that's pressed on to body to relieve inflammation, stop bleeding, and prevent infection; Decoction: liquid extract from boiling plant material
This species is scientifically known as Angelica sinensis. The plant is commonly
referred to as Dong Quai or Female Ginseng. This herb is literally a pharmacological gold
mine. It produces some fascinating phytochemicals which are basically medicinal chemicals.
Phytochemistry is what helps us to understand the pharmacological activity behind plants.
When you hear someone mindlessly rant about how there is no science behind holistic
medicine, feel free to inform them about phytochemistry.
Long before modern scientific inquiries into plant based medicine, cultures around
the world had already obtained the knowledge of natural medicine. The Native Americans are a prime example of
this. They utilized Dong Quai ( Angelica sinensis ) for its carminative, stomachich,
diuretic, and diaphoretic properties. [1 (Rain 1990 184)] It contains the complex medicinal
alkaloids known as phellandrene and coumarin, among many others.[1 (Rain 1990 184)] Each
individual constituent has its own arsenal of medicinal benefits.
Nature has always provided the sustenance required to sustain life. Even the
animals we eat, eat vegetables, which are plants and herbs. There's no way around the great truth that plant life is required to sustain
life and maintain healthy biological functions. They are even required to exist just so that we can. Plants convert co2 into oxygen for us to breath.
Dong Quai and other
medicinal plants were the original pharmacy of ancient medicine men and women. The Native
Americans discovered that the raw root material could be mashed, and made into a compress
for bronchitis. [1 (Rain 1990 118)] When dried, it was steeped in tea for appendicitis, liver
health, spleen health, for colic, kidney health, as a diuretic, and for asthma.[1 (Rain 1990 118)]
When preparing Dong Quai in a decoction, the root should be thoroughly mashed or powdered. Add a drop of oil to the water to prevent it from boiling over. Cook it with the lid on top so that any volatile oils and alkaloids are not quickly lost in the evaporation process. Once the water begins to boil, reduce to a simmer immediately. Cook about 10-20 minutes. Allow it to cool before taking the top off so you don't loose anything via the steam.
The natural symbiosis between all life under the biosphere is an undeniable paradigm. The
information required for plants to produce these same medicinal alkaloids time and time
again is innate within their DNA ( Deoxyribonucleic acid ). This genetic schematic enables
the plant to utilize organic resources made available by its environment, and convert
organic materials into staggeringly complex pharmacological treasures. The truth is, Dong
Quai is one of many medicinal plants that inhabits our incredible planet that we call
This page only details the Native American applications for Dong Quai. There are so many more medicinal uses that it has been utilized for throughout history. Don't feel like you've learned everything there is to know about it yet. Stay tuned for more articles related to this herb and others from me in the near future.
Caution: It's not advised to consume this herb for long periods of time. Dong Quai
may also increase the effects of a pharmaceutical drug known as warfarin which may increase
the risk of bleeding. Precautions, interactions, possible side effects, and dosages are
very important with any kind of medications. Consult your healthcare provider before use.
Warning Do NOT USE DONG QUAI IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR BEAST FEEDING!
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References & Resources:
 Rain, M. S. (1990). Earthway Native American Visionary's Path To Total Mind Body And Spirit Health. New York: Pocket Books.