Dong Quai is traditionally known for it benefits to the dogs’s reproductive system as a blood builder, tonic, and for over all beautification to the hair, coat and hooves. The literal translation of Dong Quai or “female ginseng” means “compelled to return” which seems to refer to its ability to restore a female dog to her normal health.
Its warming qualities make it useful for joint pains, especially during damp winters, the root’s anti-arthritic properties having been demonstrated by basic research. It helps protect the liver, animal studies indicating that it enhances metabolism. In addition, it has mild sedative, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties – relaxing the smooth muscle of visceral organs like the intestines (as well as the uterus).
Do not use during pregnancy or for patients with diabetes.