Dong Quai and Trying to Conceive

Dong Quai is also known as Angelica sinensis and is used to help normalize menstrual periods after ovulation has occurred.

It is traditionally used in Chinese medicine and a practitioner may be invaluable in getting the maximum benefit from the herb. An easy way to add this fertility boosting herb at the appropriate time in your cycle is by putting drops of the tincture into your daily cup of raspberry leaf tea. You can also take it in capsule form.

It's best to take it in combination with other herbs, such as in the raspberry leaf tea. You may also be able to find traditional Chinese fertility combinations that include Dong Quai.

The herb promotes blood flow in the pelvic area. It's very powerful and can help to bring on an absent or scanty period (you should not use it unless you're sure you're not pregnant this cycle). It's a good herb if you're taking a TTC break to work on clearing up PCOS or Endometriosis problems.

If you're not menstruating at all (experiencing amenorrhea), Angelica is a powerful, healing herb for you. It can bring on your cycle and help you establish regular periods again.

Other benefits include balancing iron and helping to correct deficiency and anemia. It also strengthens the uterus and may have cleansing and balancing properties. Laboratory studies on animals have shown that it enriches the uterine lining. It can help if you experience lots of pain, cramping, and other PMS symptoms with your period.

Use at Specific Times

You should be aware that this herb is meant to be used at a certain time in your cycle. Unlike tonic herbs or other fertility boosting herbs, you don't use it continuously. You use it from ovulation until the time of your next period. Stop using the herb once your period begins!

Master fertility herbalist Hethir Rodriguez summarizes Dong Quai's traditional uses:

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Delayed or absent menstruation
  • Short periods with cramping
  • If you experience cramping and PMS during your period.
  • Women who have stopped taking birth control pills and need to encourage a regular cycle.

There are times when this herb is not recommended: these times include during your period and after you fall pregnant. Don't use the herb if you have any blood clotting disorders, are preparing for a surgical procedure, or if you're taking anti-coagulant or blood-thinning medications. Always consult a doctor or midwife for advice on your specific situation.

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