Herbs Guide

Dong Quai

Family Name: Umbelliferae

Botanical Name(s): Angelica Archangelica, Angelica Sinensis

Popular Name(s): Angelica, Dong-Quei, Dong-Quai, Tang-Kuei or Dang-Qui, Dong Quai in China.

Parts Used: Roots, only the hips of the root, up to the head are used.

Habitat: Commonly found in well-watered mountain ravines, riverbanks and damp meadows.

Description: Its stem is round, grooved; hollow, branched near the top, tinged with blue. The plant grows to 3 to 7 feet. The leaves grow from dilated sheaths that surround the stem. The plant produces greenish-white flowers.

Uses: Dong Quai is good for treating anemia and weak glands, regulating monthly periods, correcting hot flashes and vaginal spasms (PMS) and assisting women through the difficult transition of menopause