What is dong quai?
Dong quai is a
flower found in high elevations of China, Korea, and Japan. Dong quai is a phytoestrogen,
substances that are chemically similar to the human hormone estrogen. Dong quai is available in
soft-gel, capsule, and liquid forms. Dong quai's active ingredients - ferulic acid,
ligustilide, and polysaccharides - are found in the plant's root.
Dong quai can cause the skin to be more sensitive to sunlight, so using a sunscreen is recommended. Some people may experience a slight laxative or bloating effect with dong quai. It may also increase hot flashes. Women with heavy menstrual flow or a presence of fibroids should not use it, as dong quai may increase bleeding. People who have diarrhea, a cold or flu, or bloating should not use it either. It should not be taken during pregnancy or if breast-feeding. Do not use purified forms of dong quai, which contain safrole - a substance that's been banned by the U.S Food and Drug Administration because it can cause cancer.
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