Dong quai may sound like a new form of exercise or martial art, but it is actually an herb, the root of which is used to make herbal remedies.
These remedies are believed to treat a multitude of health issues, but the herb also has some detrimental effects which must be strongly considered before using the herb either internally or externally.
Dong quai benefits
Traditionally, dong quai has been used and proven to be effective in the treatment of menopause symptoms, premature ejaculation, and premenstrual syndrome.
It has been touted to treat migraine headaches, high blood pressure, psoriasis, joint pain, ulcers, and allergies, and to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
These claims have not been scientifically proven, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of dong quai for the treatment of any health condition.
Dong quai side effects
Dong quai side effects are mild and include things such as sun sensitivity, hives, and swelling.
It is a substance that slows the clotting of blood, which could cause serious problems for some people. It should be avoided if you take any blood thinning medications, and if you will be having surgery.
Dong quai can also cause you to have difficulty breathing. If you take it and experience respiratory problems, seek medical care immediately.
If taken in large doses or for long periods of time, dong quai can cause cancer. This is especially true for anyone who has previously had breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer, or for those who have a family history of these types of cancer. Dong quai increases estrogen levels, which may be why it increases the risks of these cancers in some people.
If you are using dong quai for the treatment of premature ejaculation, it is applied as a cream directly to the penis. Because of this, if a condom is not used, please be aware your female sexual partner is being exposed to dong quai, and if she has a personal or family history of breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer, you could unintentionally be increasing her cancer risk, even though the cream is washed off immediately after sex.
Dong quai is sold as a supplement, tea or a cream in various health food stores and through numerous online sources. You should never take multiple forms of dong quai at the same time. For example, do not use dong quai supplements and dong quai cream together. This will cause the dosage to be far too high and dangerous for most people.
Before taking or using dong quai, discuss the potential side effects with your doctor. If you are pregnant or nursing, please avoid using it. If you have any health issues or are taking prescription medication, do not take dong quai without first discussing it with your doctor.