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Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis): Benefits, Side Effects & Dosage

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)?

Don Quai

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)?

Side effects of Dong quai are skin irritation,
sun sensitivity,
bruising, and bleeding. It may increase the risk of cancer.

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
  • 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


According to the USDA, there is no difference between a “portion” and a “serving.”
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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

It is not known whether Dong quai enters
breast milk;
however, it is best to avoid Dong quai in nursing mothers to prevent harm to the

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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