A Helpful Herbal Supplement

The dong quai plant, more formally known as Angelica sinensis, is an herb native to China that is often gathered for its use in traditional Chinese medicine and as a spice for cooking. It is an aromatic plant related to the celery family and can be found growing in high altitudes in the mountains of China, Korea, and Japan. The herbal properties of this plant have been used for thousands of years and are often taken from the root, which is often dried, ground up, and brewed into an herbal tisane. Today, it is not uncommon to see dong quai used in many other areas of the world and can even be found available in local health food stores in Northern America.

Although dong quai tea has gained a reputation as being an herbal remedy primarily for women and has even gained a nickname as ‘female ginseng’, there are a few other benefits that can serve to benefit men as well.

Dried Dong Quai Root

Pain Relief

A warm cup of dong quai tea can help relieve joint pain, ulcers, as well as pains that can accompany menstrual cramps. This is because dong quai root contains ferulic acid which works in the body as a natural pain reliever as well as a muscle relaxant. For those who suffer from minor muscle aches and pains, drinking dong quai tea can be a natural and gentle alternative to over the counter pain relieving medications. Many will prefer using dong quai to over the counter medications in order to avoid any of the unwanted side effects that can sometimes come along with taking pills such as aspirin and acetaminophen. 

Women’s Health

Dong quai tea can also be beneficial in aiding women who suffer from painful issues such as premenstrual cramps, symptoms of menopause, and other symptoms that can tag along with menstruation. Some women have claimed that drinking dong quai tea can help relieve hot flashes, though this has not yet been backed by research. Dong quai root contains coumarine, which holds natural antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce muscle contractions in the body, especially the uterus. Furthermore, dong quai tea has also been referred to as a ‘blood purifier’ since it is believed to help strengthen the organs in the body overall by promoting blood circulation through the body.

Freshly Picked Roots

Other Benefits

There are a few other benefits found in dong quai tea that can benefit both men and women. It has been mentioned for its effectiveness in relieving allergies and respiratory ailments. Dong quai can also help support the function of the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells in the body. This in turn helps support the function of the liver and the overall detoxification of the body.

Preparation: To prepare dong quai tea simply take one tea bag and place it in one cup of boiled water. Cover and allow tea to steep for a period of 3 to 5 minutes. Afterwards sugar, honey, or other sweeteners can be added if desired.

It is not recommended for those who are nursing, pregnant or currently prescribed to medications to drink herbal teas such as dong quai tea without first consulting with a doctor in order to avoid any unwanted side effects or interactions.

Dong quai can be a useful herbal remedy to keep on hand for a variety of purposes. If you are interested in purchasing dong quai tea your best chance would be to search the tea section of local health food stores. In some areas however, dong quai tea can be hard to find locally, so for this reason it may be far more convenient to find this tea for purchase from online tea merchants. When you are considering purchasing tea online, it is highly recommended to select a reliable tea merchant that you know you can trust. For this reason we recommend Buddha Teas as an online tea store for those who are looking for quality dong quai tea since Buddha Teas offers herbal teas that are 100% organic and packaged in bleach free tea bags. Buddha Teas is our preferred choice for herbal teas.