Dong Quai

Dong Quai root is used in America most of all for the uterine tonic effect and antispasmodic qualities but it’s “blood purifying” value are also becoming prevalent amongst people who use Dong Quai. The latest herbalists recommend donq quai for almost all gynecological problems, such as menstrual cramps, irregular or retarded menstrual flow. Women have used Dong Quai for thousands of years for relief from menopausal symptoms and the results were quickly seen.

Important! Dong quai should not be used by women during pregnancy or lactation.

Dong quai known asAngelica sinensis is often referred to as the female ginseng in traditional Chinese medicine. This amazing plant helps promote normal hormone balance and it has been used and still is by women who are experiencing premenstrual cramping and pain. Women use take from to 2 to 3 grams of Dong quai (capsules or tablets) per day or nibble on 2 to 3 grams of root – it is preferred to be consumed as fresh root. If it is taken with Fu Ling in a popular beverage, Dong Quai also exhibits a sedative quality. Dong Quai is also known as being used in cooking the special Chicken Soup.

Chicken Soup with Donq Quai

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

  • 2-pound package of hormone-free, natural chicken parts
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup sliced celery (including leaves)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrot
  • 1 small root dong quai or 1 slice of the pressed root

1. Rinse chicken and add to water in a heavy stockpot. Bring to boil. Add onion, chopped carrot and chopped celery. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour.

2. Remove chicken from broth and shred meat into small pieces. Strain broth through a strainer/sieve and pour into the stockpot. Add sliced carrot and celery, bay leaf, dill, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 25 minutes.

3. Add chicken and dong quai and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and root before serving.

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