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How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Nourishes Blood, and Promotes FlowDong Quai promotes blood flow to the pelvic basin, used to promote menstruation and relieve menstrual blood congestion. Its blood moving nature is also helpful in reducing swelling, and resolving abscess. Dong Quai has been shown to increase production of red blood cells.
As a pungent aromatic, Dong Quai is a natural stimulant-relaxant. Its pungency stimulates the heart while aromatic nature opens up vessels allowing for smooth flow of blood. The vasodilating effect calms hypertension and migraine headaches. Like scallions, the heat of Dong Quai calms the heart muscle in tachycardia.
Where blue cohosh is drying and stimulating, dong quai is moistening and relaxing. Both build estrogen
Relaxes Nervous System, Calms SpasmsAromatic herbs are generally analgesic and relax smooth muscle tissue - helpful in asthma, colic, and painful periods due to spasm. Like lavendar, and chamomile, this relaxant effect eases nervous tension, anxiety, and insomnia.
Relaxes Immune SystemDong Quai calms the immune system, an unusual property (prabhav) for herbs that are stimulating. It has been shown to reduce hypersensitivity (Holmes). While cilantro is a cooling immune relaxer, Donq Quai is hot.
Its sweetness moistens the intestines, while the stimulating heat flushes constipation.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Dong Quai:
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation. Aka anodyne.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, even chronic pain.
ANTICHOLINERGICAnticholinergic herbs block the action of acetylecholine. This affecgs many systems of the body, including relaxing smooth muscle spasms and dilating bronchial tubes. Many anticholinergic herbs are nightshades that can be fatal if used incorrectly.
ANTIFIBROTICFibrosis of an organ is often a progressive leading to organ failure (i.e lungs, liver, kidney). While vulneraries usually help restore collagen, antifibrotic herbs often clear collagen. Aka fibrinolytic.
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. They are helpful in wheezing and asthma.
EXPECTORANTExpectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
ADAPTOGENHerbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
IMMUNE-CALMINGHerbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.
CALMS-HEARTAn herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
STRONG CALCIUM-CHANNEL-BLOCKER Reduces blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscle tissue. Blocking calcium (Ca2+) inhibits smooth muscle contraction.
ANTIPLATELETAn herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
HYPOTENSIVEAn herb that lowers blood pressure.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ANTIOXIDANTAn antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
HEPATOPROTECTIVEAn herb that is capable of preventing liver damage. Many hepatoprotectives work via antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.
EMMENAGOGUEHerbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
ESTROGENICIncreases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.
UTERINE-STIMULANTCauses contractions in the uterus often by stimulating production of oxytocin. These herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy.
UTERINE-TONICAn herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
RELIEVES-TENSIONAn herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in CommonDigestive, Hypolipidemic, Analgesic, Antifibrotic, Blood-tonic, Emmenagogue, Immune-calming, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Carminative, Hepatoprotective, Anticarcinogenic, Antiplatelet
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in CommonAntifibrotic, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hepatoprotective, Stimulates-energy, Antiplatelet, Carminative, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Hypotensive
Rosemary has these Actions in CommonMuscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Analgesic, Bronchodilator, Immune-calming, Stimulates-energy, Anticarcinogenic, Digestive
Mustard Seed has these Actions in CommonBronchodilator, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Carminative, Muscle-relaxant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Relieves-tension
Chamomile has these Actions in CommonAntispasmodic, Digestive, Nervine, Analgesic, Blood-thinner, Emmenagogue, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Immune-calming
Fenugreek has these Actions in CommonDigestive, Expectorant, Uterine-stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Emmenagogue, Hypolipidemic, Carminative, Estrogenic, Stimulates-energy
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in CommonAntifibrotic, Bronchodilator, Hypolipidemic, Antiplatelet, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hypotensive, Blood-thinner, Expectorant, Vasodilator
Hing (Asafoetida) has these Actions in CommonAnalgesic, Carminative, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Bronchodilator, Emmenagogue
Green Tea has these Actions in CommonDigestive, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-thinner, Immune-calming, Anticarcinogenic, Bronchodilator, Stimulates-energy, Antioxidant
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in CommonAntispasmodic, Hypotensive, Analgesic, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Anticarcinogenic, Digestive, Vasodilator
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Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in CommonAnticarcinogenic, Muscle-relaxant, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Blood-tonic, Relieves-tension, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Expectorant, Adaptogen, Hepatoprotective, Analgesic, Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Hypotensive
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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
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Hawthorne Berry & Flower
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Ginkgo has these Actions in CommonAntiplatelet, Blood-thinner, Bronchodilator, Hepatoprotective, Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Hypotensive, Antifibrotic, Immune-calming, Antioxidant, Vasodilator
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSDong Quai may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.
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