Definition of dong quai in English:

dong quai

noun

  • An aromatic herb of the parsley family, native to China and Japan, the root of which is used to treat premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, and other gynecological complaints.

    • ‘Do bust-enhancing supplements that contain herbs like black cohosh, dong quai, and saw palmetto work?’
    • ‘They maintain that the synergistic effect of dong quai acting with other herbs accounts for the beneficial effects.’
    • ‘Herbal medications that may increase the risk of bleeding if used concurrently with ginkgo include the following: feverfew, garlic, ginseng, dong quai, red clover, and other natural coumarins.’
    • ‘She tried soy and the herbs dong quai, black cohosh, and red clover, as well as acupressure, massage, and yoga.’
    • ‘This also is true of many herbal tablets, capsules and extracts, including black or blue cohosh, ephedra, dong quai, feverfew, juniper, pennyroyal, St. John's wort, rosemary and thuja.’

Origin

From Chinese dāngguī.

Pronunciation

dong quai

/ˈkwī/