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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Angelica sinensis

Alternate Names: Tang Kwei, Dang Gui, Ginseng For Women, State Of Return, Toki


Parts Used: Root.

Properties: Alterative, Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anticoagulant, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Blood Tonic, Emmenagogue, Sedative, Uterine Tonic, Yin Tonic.

Internal Uses: Allergies, Amenorrhea, Anemia, Chi Deficiency, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea, Headache, Hot Flashes, Hyperacidity, Insomnia, Menopause, Shigella, Strep Throat, Tachycardia, Tinnitus

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Dong Quai helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, thereby helping to support calmer moods. Women who are going off birth control pills can use it to help re-establish regular menstrual cycles. It is given to women after birthing to help prevent postpartum bleeding and to build strength. It builds the blood and improves circulation as well as disperses congestion in the pelvic region. It also helps nourish dry, thin vaginal tissues. It helps to beautify the skin and foster feelings of compassion.
Dong Quai has been found to have activity in in vitro studies against Strep, Shigella and in dysentery. It accelerates the healing of wounds and stimulates white blood cell production. It can help people who suffer from environmental illness.

Culinary uses: Root is added to vegetable or chicken soups and cooked with grains.

Energetics: Sweet, Pungent, Bitter, Warm, Moist.

Chemical Constituents: Niacin, essential oil (carvacrol, safrol, isosafrol), sesquiterpenes, cadinene, coumarin, sitosterol, vitamin B-12 and vitamin E.

Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy unless suggested by a competent health professional. Avoid in cases of diarrhea, poor digestion and abdominal distension. Avoid with heavy menstrual flow. Do not use if takning blood thinning medications.

Comments: This native of Asia derives its name from the Chinese term 'ought to return.' Dong Quai is one of the most frequently used herbs in Chinese medicine. Extremely bitter roots are said to be of poor quality.

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