Dong Quai: Strong Support for Women’s Health

Changes in hormonal cycles can affect circulation, mood, skin tone, and muscular contractions, among many other things, all of which lead to women having special nutritional needs. Known as the Queen of Herbs, dong quai provides the support necessary for women’s health.

An ancient herb with a royal history, Angelica sinensis (dong quai) root was once published as a royal prescription for the plague by the European College of Physicians of 1665. It was given the name Angelica by a monk who dreamt about an herb with the power to fight the Black Death. For centuries prior to its reign in Europe, the Chinese used dong quai to regulate bodily functions. Even its name means ‘proper order’ in Chinese. Today, science confirms ancient wisdom, reporting the vasodilatory, hypotensive, antispasmodic, sedative, and diuretic properties of dong quai root compounds. It has also shown promising benefits to the immune system.

Dong quai is one of the superior herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, second only to Panax ginseng, and being referred to as “Women’s Ginseng.” It is a tonic herb, which means it is balancing and soothing. In addition, it increases circulation to the uterus. It has both a stimulating and relaxing effect on the uterus, helping to control cramping and spasms. It also affects smooth muscles in the intestines, reducing discomfort. Dong quai also acts as a platelet inhibitor, regulating blood viscosity. Diuretic properties help ease water retention and bloating. Blood clearing abilities help circulation and the immune system work better. These actions contribute to an overall better sense of well-being whether dong quai is used to improve hormonal balance in women or to enhance circulation and vitality in men. 

E. EXCEL uses carefully selected dong quai root. This special Nutritional Immunology preparation ensures a proper balance of naturally occurring polysaccharides and phytochemicals for optimal function of the female reproductive, circulatory, and musculoskeletal systems. E. EXCEL’s Dong Quai is also appropriate for men to use. Other brands may offer extracts containing concentrated amounts of certain phytoestrogens, which are more likely to be associated with feminization.

Although dong quai has been traditionally used most often to support women’s health, its tonic properties benefit men and may be found in many E. EXCEL combinations. It may be used alone or in conjunction with combinations such as Pearl™, S•T® or ART™.

Caution: Pregnant and lactating women should consult their physician before using products containing dong quai. Dong quai has been reported to increase the effects of blood thinning drugs and supplements. Dong quai also increases photosensitivity. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun while using dong quai.


  • Supports hormonal balance
  • Soothes abdominal discomfort
  • Regulates hormonal changes
  • Enhances circulation and immunity
  • Promotes relaxation and improved mood
  • Maintains healthy skin tone
  • Soothes joints and muscles


  • dong quai [Angelica sinensis (oliv.) diels]

Recommended Use

Adults: Take 2 capsules, two to three times daily.