- What is dong quai (Angelica sinensis)? What is dong quai used for?
- What are the side effects of dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
- What is the dosage for dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
- Is dong quai (Angelica sinensis) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
What is dong quai (Angelica sinensis)? What is dong quai used for?
Dong quai is a plant and the root is used as a natural medicine to treat several conditions. Dong quai has some effects of estrogen and it may affect other hormones in the body. Dong quai also contain coumarins, which give it blood thinning effects in the body. Individuals should check with their physicians before using this compound.
What brand names are available for dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
Is dong quai (Angelica sinensis) available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
What are the side effects of dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
What is the dosage for dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
(note that different suppliers may suggest different doses):
- Premature ejaculation: A multi-ingredient topical cream, containing Dong quai, is applied to the penis one hour prior to sex and washed off immediately before sex.
- Menopausal symptoms: Take 4.5 grams of powder by mouth daily or 520 to 1560 mg by mouth three times daily with meals.
- Liquid extract: Take 1 ml by mouth three times a day.
Which drugs or supplements interact with dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
Dong quai has blood thinning effects (slow blood clotting) and should not be taken with blood thinning medications like warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), and pain medications like ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and diclofenac (Voltaren). Such combinations increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. It should also not be combined with herbs that also slow blood clotting. Examples include angelica, clove, danshen, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, panax ginseng, poplar, red clover, and willow.
Is dong quai (Angelica sinensis) safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Dong quai may affect muscles of the uterus in pregnant women and possibly be harmful to the fetus. Dong quai should not be used in pregnant women.
What else should I know about dong quai (Angelica sinensis)?
What preparations of dong quai (Angelica sinensis) are available?
Dong quai is available in capsules, liquid extract, and powder form. Concentration of Dong quai may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.
How should I keep dong quai (Angelica sinensis) stored?
Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Dong quai, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.
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