Dong Quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan and is used by herbalists as a treatment for a variety of gynaecological complaints. Nicknamed ‘female ginseng’ due to its benefits for women, dong quai is also effective for men’s fertility. Dong Quai is considered the queen of food supplements by the Chinese and is China’s most popular herb for women. Chinese physicians use dong quai to enrich the blood, promote circulation, regulate menstruation, calm nerves and soothe the intestines. As is typical with Chinese medicine, it is usually not used alone and is most effective when combined with other herbs like Damiana and Horny Goat Weed.
There are a number of advantages associated with the use of herbal medicines as opposed to pharmaceutical products.
Reduce the risk of side effects
Most herbal medicines are well tolerated by patients, with undesirable consequences less than pharmaceutical drugs. Herbs usually have fewer side effects than traditional medicine, and may be safer to use over time.
Effectiveness with chronic conditions
Herbal medicines tend to be more effective for long-standing health complaints that do not respond well to traditional medicine. One example is spice and alternative medicine is used to treat arthritis. Vioxx, a popular prescription drug used to treat arthritis, is recalled due to an increased risk of cardiovascular complications. Alternative treatments for arthritis, on the other hand, have some side effects.
Another advantage for herbal remedies is cost. Herbs are cheaper than prescription drugs. Research, testing, and marketing add to the cost of prescription drugs. Herbs tend to be cheap compared to drugs.
Yet another advantage of herbal medicines is their availability. Herbs are available without a prescription. You can grow some simple herbs, like peppermint and chamomile, at home. In some remote parts of the world, herbs may be the only treatment available to most people.
The bottom line is that herbs are a drug, and like other drugs, they have some advantages and disadvantages. Visiting a doctor for a correct diagnosis, consulting a salesperson for the right ingredients and dosage, and embracing modern medicine at the time makes the most practical sense possible the best of all possible worlds for those who want to use alternative and complementary therapies.