Top Dang Gui Benefits For Women’s Health
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Dang gui is the one herb you can take for all of your women's health needs. It helps regulate your periods, nourish your body after childbirth, ease menopause symptoms, and even keep your skin healthy. Here's how to use it.
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Dang gui is known as female ginseng. It also goes by dong quai, Radix angelica sinensis, or Chinese Angelica root.
It’s commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to address women’s health issues, including menopause and irregular or painful periods. It also helps keep your skin healthy and youthful looking.
Read on to learn more about using Dang Gui for women’s health.
How Does Dang Gui Support Women’s Health?
This blood-nourishing herb has had a long history of use as a female reproductive tonic.
Here’s how dang gui can help restore women’s health:
1. It can help regulate your periods.
A regular menstrual cycle usually refers to menstruation occurring every 21 to 35 days, lasting for five to seven days.
When the length between two periods is less than 21 days or more than 35 days, or when the period is extended and lasts more than seven days, menstruation is considered irregular.
While this is common in older women transitioning into menopause, it may be indicative of an imbalanced body for younger women experiencing such symptoms. Irregular menstrual cycles may also be accompanied by menstrual cramps.
In TCM, this is part of treating Blood Stasis and Blood Deficiency, which are associated with Western diagnoses of no periods, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and endometriosis. As a blood-tonifying herb, it promotes the flow of blood and helps increase its volume.
2. It helps relieve dysmenorrhea.
Chinese herbalists consider this herb to be a uterine tonic. In vivo and in vitro animal studies have shown both its stimulating and relaxing activity on the uterine tissue.
The herb appears to contain compounds that stimulate and relax the uterus muscles.
With its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic effects, it can help relax muscle spasms and promote blood circulation, effectively alleviating menstrual cramps and pain during your period.
3. It helps with women’s health after childbirth.
“Dang gui can be prescribed post-pregnancy to strengthen and regulate the body after blood loss,” advises Physician Kwek.
Not only can this be used to replenish postpartum blood loss in the body, but it also helps after menstruation. The herb tonifies the blood, which is helpful to postpartum women with low vitality or qi (vital energy).
4. It helps ease menopause symptoms.
Dang gui can also help menopausal symptoms caused by Blood Deficiency or Blood Stasis, relates Physician Kwek.
“Research has also shown that dang gui can regulate estrogen levels. This can then help alleviate symptoms of menopause.“
5. It promotes healthy skin.
Physician Kwek also states that this herb can be prescribed for the treatment of facial blemishes.
How To Use Dang Gui For Women’s Health
- Physician Kwek recommends taking Dang Gui and Egg Herbal soup after menstruation to replenish blood loss.
- Dang Gui Ginger and Lamb Soup can help with abdominal pain or postpartum weakness due to Blood Deficiency and Yang Deficiency.
Regardless of gender, dang gui is a beneficial herb that can be used either as medicine or incorporated into your meals.
- Dang gui is typically combined with other herbs and is rarely used alone.
- A waist tonic essence (bu yao jing) containing six types of Chinese herbs including dang gui is great for relieving back pain, strengthening the waist, muscles, and knees, tonifying qi, and reducing fatigue.
- Dang gui is one of the primary ingredients in Bak Foong pills, which are used to treat women’s health problems in TCM.
- You can also enjoy dang gui nourishing soup during your monthly cycle when your stomach is upset and eating is difficult.
Talk To A TCM Physician About Women’s Health
It’s best to consult a qualified TCM physician before consuming these herbs due to different body constitutions.
Are you familiar with dang gui?
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