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Rheanna
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posted May 16, 2018 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rheanna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang Gui (Angelica sinensis) is a tonic herb used and revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine to “restore healthy order to the body”. In the Chinese language, Dang Gui translates to “State of Return”.

Touted as the female ginseng, Dang Gui is most commonly used today by herbalists as a female fertility herb to support uterine tone and strength, for pelvic pain, for menstrual irregularities and to encourage menstruation when menstruation has ceased.

Dang Gui’s medicinal actions include:
stimulating and relaxing the uterus
muscle-relaxing
anti-inflammatory
antispasmodic and analgesic
increased circulation
improved blood flow to the pelvis

These benefits are in part why Dang Gui is also known for its ability to…

1. Build the Blood
Dang Gui’s circulation-increasing effects, and its vitamin and mineral content (vitamin B12, folic acid, folinic, ferulic and nicotinic acids, iron, along with biotin) boosts red blood cell production, in turn increasing blood volume, which is key to why it offers each of the benefits listed below. Low iron levels in particular contribute to anemia which is important to avoid when trying to conceive. Dang Gui is also slightly blood-thinning which may slow blood clotting.

2. Oxygenate the Blood
Dang Gui also contains cobalt which is believed to increase the hemoglobin content of red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein in blood that carries oxygen to red blood cells and contains iron.

3. Reduce Stress & Uplift Your Mood
Dang Gui is nourishing to the central nervous system – in turn helping to reduce anxiety and mood swings, reduce depression and promote relaxation. This may be due to its hormone-balancing, invigorating and arousing properties.

4. Strengthen the Immune System
Dang Gui may increase production of white blood cells which fight infection and boost the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. It is also a widely revered blood purifier helping to reduce toxicity throughout the body. Based on traditional use, or scientific theory, Dang Gui may be useful for “immune cytopenias” resulting in a decreased number of immune cells in the blood (MayoClinic.org) which may be associated with underlying autoimmune disease. If experiencing immune-related infertility, or blood disorders, consider researching the use of Dang Gui further with the help of your healthcare provider.

5. Support Male Fertility
Sperm quality and viability are known to be improved by ferulic acid, an antioxidant found in Dang Gui. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database shares that external application of an herbal cream containing Dang Gui has been used by men with premature ejaculation and proven “possibly effective”.

6. Alleviate Uterine Pain
Known to relax and stimulate uterine, vascular and intestinal smooth muscle, Dang Gui may be useful in relieving pelvic congestion by increasing circulation. This benefit may be useful in the case of painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea).

7. Support Estrogen Balance
Dr. Aviva Romm in her book Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health shares that clinical studies are inconclusive and have not yet proven that Dang Gui has estrogenic effects in humans although it does, like many plants, contain phytoestrogens. As the “gynecological regulator” of herbs, Dang Gui may have the ability to lower high estrogen levels and raise low estrogen levels – meeting the needs of the body versus causing an estrogen imbalance.

This potent female (and male) fertility health herb, regarded as a fertility promoter, has become my recent herbal interest. I can’t read enough about it! Dang Gui can be rather fast acting and effective as a part of a natural fertility program.

While generally considered safe and highly recommended, there are precautions to know of…

The Botanical Safety Handbook classifies Dang Gui %as a class 1c: Not to be used during pregnancy unless otherwise directed by an expert qualified in the used of the described substance.

Warning:
Never ingest the essential oil of Dang Gui without guidance from a qualified natural healthcare provider
Not to be used during menstruation
Not to be used while breastfeeding
Avoid self prescribing if you are at risk of developing hormone-related cancers
Not to be used with anticoagulant drugs, aka. blood thinners or hormonal medications
May increase skin sensitivity to the sun
Work with a qualified herbalist, or natural healthcare provider if interested in taking Dang Gui with any of the following herbs therapeutically because they may also have blood-thinning actions within the body:
Feverfew
Garlic
Ginger
Gingko
Ginseng
Licorice
Chinese skullcap
Turmeric
St. John’s Wort


http://natural-fertility-info.com/benefits-of-dong-quai.html

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posted May 17, 2018 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had never heard of this one! Thanks!

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posted May 17, 2018 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are fortunate at LL, to have Rheanna here.
She is an educated, trained Chinese herbalist.

(Hope I stated that correctly?)


Would have tried this formula in my youth.
I used to get ferocious monthly uterine cramps that would have me vomiting with diarrhea at same time-- then force me to crouch under the warm covers of my bed, shivering with cold for around 2 1/2 to 4 hours-- Sometimes cold and shivering even in 90-degree temperatures!!

.. My best friend at that time was so compassionate. We were in college-- she would skip classes to drive me home.

Yeah. It's wasn't 'fun' being a menstruating woman.


With some of those herbs mentioned on the list?

I would suggest that if people are on prescription medications, they might call their pharmacist or primary care physician/nurse, before attempting a trial run. (I live in USA)

Some of those herbs might be contraindicated for certain conditions, OR, could interact negatively with some kinds of prescribed medications.


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posted May 18, 2018 04:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rheanna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(blushing) I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am not a herbalist. Ha! Just want to give back a little to LL.

I remember you shared a story about one cold winter sleeping on the floor and a tiny mouse joined you for warmth. Curious to ask if this incident happened before or after your monthly problem?

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posted May 18, 2018 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rheanna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to share my experiences with this herb.

My earliest memory of danggui was from my mom chicken soup. We would put a dash of (imported) danggui tonic into the soup. Very aromatic.

Then early this month I bought myself danggui essential oil. I put one drop on my palm and one on my Indian friend's. She is in her fifties starting the uncomfortable signs of menopause. Her periods come once like every three months now. I rubbed the oil in my palm and asked her to do the same. That night I had very deep sleep the next morning I woke up feeling full and blissed. Later that week my friend told me she got her period the next day after the oil incident she asked me if it was an accident. Heavier flow compared to her recent ones.

I searched the internet and I shared what I found with her and with LL


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posted May 18, 2018 07:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rheanna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(blushing) I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am not a herbalist. Ha! Just want to give back a little to LL.

I remember you shared a story about one cold winter sleeping on the floor and a tiny mouse joined you for warmth. Curious to ask if this incident happened before or after your monthly problem?

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posted May 18, 2018 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for explaining that you are not a trained Chinese herbalist, Rheanna.
Okay!


awwwww. You remembered my mouse story????

That happened back in the 1980s.
I was 30.

I slept on the wood floor without a mattress because I was being a 'spiritual stoic' in those days.

Lots of prayer and meditation. Always intense and serious on my quest for knowing God.

I was living in an old farmhouse that had been converted into apartments. It was winter, and had been a very cold night/ The heating system was inadequate.

The little mouse had cuddled up for warmth in my hand. He/she nipped me out of startle when I moved my hand. It didn't feel like a bite, but a nip.

Nope. My condition had an earlier onset. I was in college during my early 20s.

During my pregnancies, I experienced a condition similar to the Duchess Kate Middleton. Like having an active stomach flu for half a year.

The extremeness of cramps during monthly cycle diminished after having several pregnancies.

Have a Nice Day.

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posted May 19, 2018 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rheanna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cute story!

I have no children, by choice. But I have heard that after labor, a woman body could heal herself of many previous health problem. Body learns to re-regulate the system. Glad that it is indeed with your case!

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posted May 19, 2018 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted June 05, 2018 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rheanna:
Cute story!

I have no children, by choice. But I have heard that after labor, a woman body could heal herself of many previous health problem. Body learns to re-regulate the system. Glad that it is indeed with your case!


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posted June 14, 2018 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rheanna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update from my Indian friend. The second month her period came.

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posted June 30, 2018 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the update!

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posted July 26, 2018 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted August 13, 2018 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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