Dong Quai is a fermented liquid probiotic beverage containing the herb of the same name, used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. The herb dong quai, a member of the celery family, has been called “female ginseng” for the role it has played in supporting the balance of female hormones, and providing relief of PMS and the symptoms of menopause.
It’s not just for women, however. The dong quai herb also supports men’s prostate health.
The name dong quai actually translates as “return to order” because of the herb’s ability to promote overall body balancing and restoration. Chinese medicine uses dong quai to strengthen and cleanse the blood, restore energy, and provide a youth-enhancing tonic and digestive aid. This revered herb also has proven antioxidant and antifungal properties.
Body Ecology’s new Dong Quai beverage goes well beyond the health benefits of dong quai by incorporating a proprietary blend of beneficial probiotic bacteria and yeasts:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Lactobacillus delbreukii
Plus, these gut-friendly bacteria and yeasts come entirely from nature — from organically-certified plant sources. (Unlike numerous probiotics on the market cooked up in some laboratory!)
Effective Healing Herb
A thousand years ago, traditional Chinese healers didn’t hand out prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy. They had no pills for menstrual cramps, hot flashes or infertility. But they did have something so powerful that healers — both Eastern and Western — still use it today, ten centuries later. That “something” is an aromatic herb that goes by the name of dong quai.
Perhaps you’ve heard of dong quai. As one of the best-known herbs in China and other Asian nations, it also goes by the name “women’s ginseng”.
Benefits for Women
The dong quai herb promotes proper balance of the female hormones and the female reproductive cycle. That’s not all it does, however. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses dong quai in numerous ways — in fact, it’s one of the key ingredients in “Four Things Soup”, a widely used women’s tonic. Clinical studies haven’t conclusively nailed down the reasons why dong quai seems to work so well, but some theories have emerged.
Ongoing research on dong quai points to the possibility that some of the herb’s effects are due to phytoestrogens, estrogen-like plant compounds. These phytoestrogens may help to supply an additional mild source of estrogen to balance out levels in the body. Additionally, dong quai contains compounds called coumarins, which act to dilate or open up blood vessels and help control spasms in muscles. Experts surmise that these compounds may act to increase the blood supply to various organs including the uterus, thus promoting the regulation of menstruation.
Benefits for Men
The dong quai herb supports men’s prostate health. Plus, both sexes respond to the herb’s balancing qualities. The name dong quai actually translates as “return to order” because of the herb’s ability to promote overall body balancing and restoration.
Chinese medicine uses dong quai to:
- Promote nourishing and cleansing of the blood
- Fight the signs of aging
- Elevate mood
- Increase energy
- Maintain proper digestion and immune function
- Support optimal joint and bone health
- Promote proper functioning of the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys
Dong quai provides a source of vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, niacin, folate, and iron. Some of the components in dong quai exert free radical-fighting antioxidant qualities.
Although many different brands of probiotics vie for your attention in the health food store, their effectiveness can vary greatly. Many probiotics boast about how many different strains of beneficial bacteria they include, or the number of colony-forming units or CFU’s they contain. Unfortunately, these numbers may be more misleading than helpful.
The bacteria in some probiotic brands may not be natural to the human GI tract… or even be compatible with other bacteria contained in the same formula. Instead of looking for the most strains or the most CFU’s, look instead for how viable and active the cultures are — and how well they will work in your gut.
The other key factor making Dong Quai such a super-probiotic is its bio-availability as a fermented liquid food, rather than an ordinary capsule supplement. In liquid form, the beneficial microflora in Dong Quai’s unique formula can better withstand harsh stomach acids to reach the walls of your intestines — and thus recolonize them more effectively than capsule probiotic supplements.
Now there’s no need to let your busy schedule interfere with your ability to remain on the Body Ecology Diet. Dong Quai and the other freshly-produced probiotic beverages will nourish your inner ecosystem easily, conveniently, and without hassle.
Available in 42 oz. bottle (great value at 21 servings!)
You can consume it as is, dilute it with flat or sparkling mineral water, or add it to other foods or Body Ecology recommended juices and smoothies.
The Perfect Probiotic Solution
- Naturally carbonated with a refreshing taste
- Contains no artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives
- Promotes normal blood sugar levels
- Provides a wonderful daily balancing tonic
- Perfect for both sexes (should not be used during pregnancy**)
- Packaged for optimum freshness and potency
- Helps increase energy, maintain a healthy mood and a sense of well-being
**This Product is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers or children under the age of 18.
Does This Product Contain Gluten?
Current research suggests that for persons with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity the maximum safe level of gluten in a finished product is certainly less than 0.02% (200 parts per million), although possibly as little as 0.002% (20 parts per million). For a product to be labeled as "Gluten-Free," Codex Standards allow for up to 200 parts per million gluten content.
Although you see wheat and rye toward the bottom of the ingredient list for the Dong Quai, only 6 parts per million were detected in lab tests, which is well below the rigorous 20 parts per million or less threshold the FDA is pushing for to label a product “Gluten-Free.”
Aside from the fact that there are minimal amounts of these grains in the Dong Quai, the fermentation process actually breaks down the gluten; gluten strains normally bind in the body, but fermentation breaks them down so they won't. This means that those with gluten-sensitivities may actually notice their digestive systems improving and in the long-term their gluten-tolerance might be raised by taking the Dong Quai.
My mood changes and hot flashes have really responded favorably to the fermented Dong Quai! I am feeling more sustained energy too, Not like a stimulant high but a boost in my baseline of energy. I have also noticed greater mental clarity and focus. -- Jennifer Boddie, Conyers, GA (Certified Body Ecologist)
I feel balanced and well when I takeDongQuai, also use it in smoothies
Love it ! 5/15/13
I have been taking this for years and love it. I think probiotics are vital !
By Fast E
Mellow sharp taste, with a nice zing; I Love it!!!
Used to Cocobiotic and this gives a different change up to flavors. Especially great as antifungal and antibacterial.
Dont know if there is a noticeable difference...I plan on ordering more & continue to give it time to see a benefit.
Dong Quai hopeful4/16/13
By concerned mom
We are hoping that Dong Quai will improve my daughter's acne and hormonal imbalances. She does not like the taste very much, but takes 2 doses a day. It does not bother her stomach or give her bad breath. It has been 3 weeks and there is no change in her condition, However I know that she has not cleaned up her diet, and she is taking a minimal dosage of the Dong Quai. So we will persevere!
Love the taste of Dong Quai. And anything to help balance hormones is always a plus!
I simply love this probiotic drink. I drink a little every day to keep the gut flora in great shape.
So far so good4/8/13
I haven't been using this for long but, for the little time that I have it's been great. Seems to be balancing my mood. Overall I feel great but, I'm not sure if it is completely this drink or the combination of the BED....... Will update soon:-)
Love Dong Quai Keifer4/4/13
I love Body Ecology Dong Quai keifer. Both are excellent and really taste great. My husband thought it was very tart but after a few bottles actually looks forward to having it at meals..
I'm enjoying this product @ this moment. There is an grassy flavor my friend did not appreciate, but I've come to look forward to. Mixed with sparkling water & pom juice on ice-delightful!
EXCELLENT PRODUCT-COMBINES TWO WAYS TO STRENGTHEN IN ONE3/30/13
THIS IS MY FIRST BOTTLE OF THE DONG QUAI FORMULATION. I'M HOPING IT WILL STRENGTHEN MY FEMALE SYSTEM AND
MY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AT THE SAME TIME.
I LOVE THE TASTE- WHICH HAS A SLIGHTLY
SWALLOWING PILLS IS DIFFICULT FOR ME,
SO I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE TAKING
A HEALING PRODUCT IN THE FORM OF A DELICIOUS BUBBLY DRINK!
My daughter & I have been taking the BED Dong Quai probiotics for a while now, and it has totally helped our digestive system get back in shape! We are so thankful! Now my husband is getting on board, after he had a stomach flu & tried it and it helped him recover faster. Thank you for making this wonderful product!
I have begun alternating my evening glass of wine with a glass of water with Dong Quai!!
Excellent for easing menstrual cramps
Surprisingly pleasant flavor2/28/13
Great fizzy salty "grain-like" flavors. It's great to know that it's packed with probiotics.
Great Product works great
My daughter and I have been using Dong Quai probiotic drink for a while now, and I absolutely love it. We love its subtle taste, & most importantly the beneficial effect it has had on our digestion. Thank you for creating this wonderful product!
This is absolutely one of the best products I have happened upon. I use it every day, and would highly recommend it to others.
Adding an ounce or two of this to water makes drinking water much easier every day!
I love this product! I noticed positive changes in my mood and energy in just a couple weeks. Thanks!!!
Great product for balancing hormones. Definitely felt a little better in that category. I think all the probiotic drinks are great though!
This product has helped my digestion better than any product that I have tried in the past. My digestion has improved and I have no bloating as before. I am trying fermented vegetables now. I have low blood sugar problems and these products should help with that issue too.
Great addition to the program1/6/13
I've been using the Dong Quai for several weeks now, and I feel that it has really helped a great deal with my cravings for sugary food. I just sip on this instead of sweets or alcohol, and I no longer crave them. It has been very helpful in getting me over that hump.
Excellent for menstrual relief12/17/12
I find that this helps my cycle and I have less cramps
Different but Good12/16/12
I wasn't sure how I'd like the taste of this drink with dong guai, but I was pleasantly surprised how refreshing it was. It has the same sparkly effervescence as the Innergybiotic.
May try again later, trying to decide most beneficial drink for me.12/15/12
Not very tasty to me. Have only had one bottle, am not sure it was helping hormone situation, might try again later, but enjoy InnergyBiotic most taste wise and quicker results.
Love Dong Quia Biotic12/14/12
By Quiet Mind
I have tried the coconut keifer but like this product much better. I really like the taste. My husband prefers cocobiotic, so I just have to buy both kinds.
Love the delicate flavor & gentle sparkling. This liquid probiotic has helped me so much. After years of struggling with digestion issues, I am finally feeling normal again. My favorite is the Dong Quai, for the taste & the added benefit of the hormonal balancing.
I really like this product! It's my favorite probiotic drink with dong quai. I feel great when I drink it.
Noticed a very quick difference in my moods being more balanced. No "power surges" and an easy, on-time period! And I'm 51!
OK but I will stay with other probiotics11/11/12
Wanted to try Dong Quai for awhile, so I added a few bottles with my last order of cocobiotic. I feel the cocobiotic works better me and I prefer the taste of the cocobiotic over Dong Quai. I am sticking with the coco biotic.
body ecology products are the best!11/1/12
I love all the probiotic drinks, and I alternate between them. I always have one on hand!
you will feel thr difference 10/29/12
Great taste,and it makes you feel about doing smth good for your body. Love it
Its helps me feel great
By kim Shackleford
I feel like I have more energy then I used to-I will continue to purchase this product and send to clients
Love the Product10/4/12
I have felt so much better being on the Dong Quai.
want to bath i that stuff!
really good 9/27/12
Great way to get your probiotics. It's an aquired taste, though.
So wonderful, want to bath in this stuff!!
I like taking Don Quai because it helps me sleep better and I feel like I digest my food better. I definitely notice a positive difference when I take it versus not taking it. With that in mind, I tolerate the taste and have gotten rather used to it.
I love the fact that I'm balancing my hormones AND getting the probiotic benefit in this one drink.
super good for my hormone levels!
Medicinal taste convinces me I'm better!8/21/12
By Mojave Moon
I find the taste to be medicinal. The silver lining in this is that it makes the beverage come across as medicine, and I'm convinced that I'm getting better and better. I'm calmer, have more energy, and even feel more confident. Please don't ever stop making this!!
The Women's Drink8/15/12
This fizzy drink does wonders for the female body!!! I have really noticed a difference after a few months!!!
Excellent, but strange taste8/12/12
I bought this for my mother who is 86 and merely eats anything because of her digestive system. My parents and I found the taste to be strange, but not bad. The drink has helped my mother noticeably. She can now eat bigger portions than before.
Dealing with Chronic Fatigue, I've tried both the InnergyBiotic and Don Quai. Each has improved the quality of my sleep, my energy level, my skin and the Don Quai helped with hot flashes.
Also, I'm thrilled that there's something I can take that I don't have a sensitivity to. I will definitely continue to take these products
These fermented beverages really live up to their reputation: They make you "feel good".
Very happy with the Dong Quai probiotics7/23/12
Our family is very happy with this beverage. My 15-year-old daughter & I are taking it, and it is helping us both eliminate bloating & improve digestion. We both really like the taste, even if it takes a few days in the beginning for it to grow on you. Thank you so much for creating this for us all to enjoy!
| Acquired Love |7/20/12
This taste in intense but my body light up when I first tasted this which caused my tastes to soon follow. Love it now
I've been drinking Dong Quai for a couple weeks now, and while I cannot speak to its long term benefits, it makes me feel refreshed and energized. The taste is an interesting combination of sparkly and spicy, really good. Looking forward to exploring its effects over the following months.
More than a probiotic beverage7/10/12
I love knowing that this product is nourishing my body at a very deep level...what a great combination of the best ingredients available!
MAKES ME FEEL GOOD6/30/12
I NO LONGER NEED TO MAKE MY OWN CULTURED BEVERAGES
I love that this pro-biotic drink helps me with both my digestion and my hot flashes! In terms of taste, I do prefer the Cocobiotic. There isn't a huge taste difference, though, so if you really need to get your hormones back in balance, I would recmommend the Dong Quai version.
I brew green tea from the whle leaves, add a few drops of stevia and mix Don Quai....yummy!
Enjoy this every morning, lunch and dinner.
this is the only thing that works to 1) get rid of stomach aches 2) get rid of ic pain
This product helped with my energy and lessened my PMS symptoms. As far as taste, I have to say I like the Cocobiotic better if your just wanting the probiotics mainly.
I swear this helped regulate my period!
This supplement is one part of my regime to help balance my hormones. Using it alone does not balance my hormones, but if it's not part of my program, I notice a difference in my menstrual cycle- most specifically cramping. There are so many factors involved with balancing hormones, from eating a good, well-balance diet, to maintaining an emotional and physical balance. I highly recommend this product. While it is VERY expensive, it saves me a lot of time from having to make it myself, which ends up being worth it to me. I would rather have a larger size, but it most likely would not fit in the fridge. Smaller sizes promote waste, so please continue to make this size available. Aloha
I have had great sucess with the other fermented drinks, now that I am in menopause it is so great to get the hormone balanceing along with the improvement in digestion.
I like the taste of this fermented beverage with a little stevia and some water. really great way to get your probiotics
Tastes good. I mix it with mineral water to try to stretch the bottle because it's so expensive.
Really the only thing I've tried that works.5/3/12
I have had BV off and on for years, tried different products and this is by far the best. When taken regularly, I barely have any syptoms if any. When I first used it I felt "clean" after a few days. I highly recommend this.
Love Dong Quai!5/2/12
Body Ecology's probiotic beverage Dong Quai tastes so great and gives me wonderful energy throughout the day. I find I actually have to tell myself it needs to last a few days!
This really did seem to level my hormones out and made me feel great too. Highly recommend!
I loved this product. Since I have been using it my energy is high.
Will order another bottle.
By A. H.
I love the product but I don't love the price or bottle size. A shot a day worked best for my body, but after a little while it went a bit flat and didn't taste good anymore. I ended up throwing some out. (I basically poured $20.00 down the drain). If it came in smaller bottles, I would use it regularly.
fantastic cleansing product4/18/12
This product helped so much in my cleansing. My skin is also looking much better since I used this product. It tastes great too!
Balances my hormones4/17/12
When I drink this every day, my skin clears up, my digestion is better, and my periods are regular and healthy with less PMS!!!
My # one suppliment4/16/12
I started using this product about a month or so ago. I have had a tumor on my pitutiary gland my whole life. Tried all kinds of holistic ways to rid of it. I used this product daily since I recieved it, And for the first time in my life, I started menstrating without the use of drugs. I know it sounds odd, (who in the world would be happy about that) but, without it, my hormones have always been a mess.
I find this product a great way to get probiotics and assist with digestion
Dong Quai tonic4/5/12
Looking for a healthy pick-me-up tonic drink? Look no further - Dong Quai hits the spot. I drink a couple of small glasses daily and feel energized, refreshed and healthy! I like to add a few drops of stevia when I open a fresh bottle for a delicious slightly sweeter taste!
Would drink it every day if I could!
Good for the womb4/2/12
I added this to my healing program and it has worked deeply.
My menstrual period was a different color that looked healthier.
The dong quai works on a deeper level as it is fermented and this is a very high quality probiotic. I want to order a few bottles next time when I am done with the colon cleanse Im doing and do some more therapy with this one.
Great probiotic and blood builder3/31/12
This is a fantastic morning drink and I love the fact that is also helps nourish the blood.
Great dual purpose product3/27/12
I love that this product combines the benefits of probiotics with the benefits of Dong Quai for hormone balancing. I mix it half and half with Ningxia Red from Young Living and add a couple drops of Body Ecology stevia. Love it!
I love this product!
love this product3/22/12
As with the other pro-biotic liquids, this newer addition is another winner. Love it.
can't live without it!3/18/12
not only does this help my digestive system, it is amazing for menstrual regularity and has basically eliminated my endometriosis symptoms. i can honestly say that it has improved my quality of life.
I think the best probiotic drink
By k martin
wish I would've known this contains wheat
I use Dong Quai to dilute my smoothies in the mornings. I have found that the Dong Quai adds a little bite to the smoothies. Love the flavor.
Love this in a smoothie!3/9/12
Love this in a smoothie every morning. Helps keep my hormones balanced.
The Dong Quai is part of my daily morning drink, keeping me in balance in so many ways.
After using this product for 3 month i see improvment in my health.Tastes great also.
feel the difference2/17/12
I love being back on fermented products...and i like this one - i just wish it wasn't so expensive and i feel it went flat before it should have
Great tasting product2/9/12
I really like this drink, they are all good, but this one especially. I mix a 1/4 cup serving with water and Stevia, and sometimes I throw in some outdoor grown, frozen wheatgrass or some lemon to spice it up. Its like a natural soda! I love that I can drink something so healthy and still enjoy it so much.
Improvement in digestion, energy, & more.1/24/12
Feel a difference in energy and urine flow is stronger. I have been drinking this for a couple of years.
Dong Quai Drink - so yummy!1/20/12
This drink is so yummy! I usually don't add stevia to it, because it tastes great without it. When I am craving something a little sweet, however, I add a few drops of Body Ecology's liquid stevia to a glass of Dong Quai drink mixed with water. Satisfies my sweet tooth, tastes great, and even boosts my energy. I am looking forward to seeing how this regulates my next cycle, too. I'll have to repost then! :)
Makes me feel good.1/14/12
I like the probiotic drinks for the boost they give me. It is much more than if I take probiotic capsules. I drink them because I feel better afterwards, not because I like the flavor.
i have been using this product for 3 months and i love it. Will buy again.
Have been using Dong Quai for a couple months. Couldn't do without it!
GREAT PICK ME UP12/21/11
I LOVE THE LITTLE ZIP IN THE SPARKLING TASTE AND IT IS A GREAT PICK ME UP IN THE AFTERNOONS- NOT TO MENTION THE WAY IT HAS MADE ME FEEL BETTER!!!
I love this product12/20/11
I'm so excited about the products I have already tried. I'm new at this and I'm like a sponge....I can't get enough knowledge.
Dong Quai works well!12/3/11
Excellent product. Helps in disgestion and urination
I have taken this on and off for the past 2 years, but recently started doing regularly, and boy can I tell a difference!! Love this!
For My Husband11/29/11
By Good Product
I bought this for my husband, though he doesn't prefer the taste, he does think it makes him feel a bit better. Will buy again.
It wasn't until I read some of the articles on this site that I realized I was suffering from BV and not yeast infections. Dong Quai really helped clear things up so well that I was able to get off of it for a long time. I have tried other things like expensive probotics, etc. and Dong Quai has me coming back everytime.
i came to this site in search of high quality probiotics and thought since i have so many female problems in addition to my terrible digestive problems that i would give this product a try. i can hardly believe the improvement!. my next period lasted 4 days instead of the usual 10 days of hell and i wasn't in nearly as much pain. my endometriosis symptoms have also eased considerably. its been almost 2 months since i finished the bottle and haven't re-ordered until today. my latest period was still shorter and easier than usual, but less so than when taking a daily dose of this stuff. as far as i'm concerned this product is awesome and has improved my quality of life. i'm looking forward to getting my order so i can start feeling even better!
makes a difference 11/28/11
By B. Sparks
I started using Dong Quai about four years ago and while I am a big skeptic I began to see a difference in my body within two months time. I was diagnosed with PMS and I have all the symptoms. when I began Dong Quai, all of them disappeared. I continue to use this product and recommend it to all who want a better life. it Works