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 balancing 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 fertility and 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
Dong quai 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 fertility and 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 in our new line will nourish your inner ecosystem easily, conveniently, and without hassle.
Available in 16 oz. or 42 oz. bottles (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, improve 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 less than 0.02% (200 parts per million) and possibly as little as 0.002% (20 parts per million). Indeed, for a product to be labeled as "Gluten-Free," Codex Standard allow for up to 200 parts per million gluten content.
Although you see wheat and rye lower down in the ingredient lists for Coco-Biotic and Dong Quai, and wheat, rye and oats for BE Wholegrain, NO gluten was detected in laboratory tests for Coco-Biotic , only 6 parts per million was detected in lab tests for Dong Quai , and only 7 parts per million was detected in lab tests for BE Wholegrain (which is all WAY 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 Coco-Biotic, Dong Quai, and BE Wholegrain, the fermentation process actually breaks down the gluten; gluten strains normally bind in the body, but fermentation breaks it down so it won't! That means those with gluten-sensitivities may actually have their digestive systems improved and long-term their gluten-tolerance raised by these products!
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)Click Here to Purchase 500mL Dong Quai Click Here to Purchase 1250mL Dong Quai