dong quai

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dong quai

(do͝ong kwā, kwī)
n.
A perennial aromatic herb (Angelica sinensis) in the parsley family, native to China and Japan, yielding a root that is used medicinally for gynecological disorders such as premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.
A fragrant perennial herb, the root of which is analgesic, sedative, and an immune stimulant; it has been used for abscesses and sores, anaemia, arrhythmias, cancer, dysmenorrhoea, headaches, loss of appetite, menstrual dysfunction, PMS, post-traumatic and post-surgical pain, blurred vision
Toxicity Angelica should not be used in early pregnancy

an·gel·i·ca

(an-jel'i-kă)
An Asian herb (A. sinensis) that is used in many forms (dried root preparations, oils, tinctures) against various complaints; adverse reactions have been widely reported.
Synonym(s): dong quai.
[L., angelic]