Angelica sinensis, also known as dong quai or female ginseng, is a type of herb belonging to the Apiaceae family of plants. This group of plants also includes parsley, carrots, celery and coriander.
Dong quai thrives in cooler temperatures and is typically found in the mountainous regions of China, Japan and Korea.
This plant has been a prime ingredient in Chinese medicine for centuries and was historically used for everything from relieving depression to treating constipation. Today, it is most often used to help balance hormones and reduce symptoms of menopause.
Many of the health-promoting properties of this angelica herb come from the presence of coumarin, a naturally occurring compound present in many plants. It also contains other beneficial plant compounds like ferulic acid and phytosterols.
Dong quai root is often brewed into a tasty herbal tea. It has a strong, bitter taste that is similar to anise.
Additionally, supplements like angelica root or dong quai extract are available to get an added dose of benefits into your day.