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D (Vitamin)
Damiana
Dandelion
Devil’s Claw
DHA (Docosahexonic Acid)
Dong Quai

   
 

 

D (Vitamin)
Category: Nutrient
Also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”. Vitamin D is important for healthy bones and tissue.

>> More info on the Sunshine vitamin


Damiana
Category: plant / herb


Scientific name: Turnera aphrodisiaca
As Damiana’s scientific name suggests, this herb is reputed to be a sexual stimulant. It is also used traditionally to treat impotence.



 

Dandelion
Category: plant / herb
Scientific name: Taraxacum Officinale

Used for centuries by herbalists as a general detox, and also as a liver tonic.

Dandelion’s young leaves are widely used as salad greens. Used as tea, it has natural diuretic properties. Dandelion’s roots have a mild laxative effect, and promotes bile flow and liver function.

Dandelion is also a good source of potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron.


Devil’s Claw
Category: plant / herb
Scientific name: Harpogophytum proumbens
Devil’s Claw is used primarily as an anti-inflammatory agent and pain killer against arthritis and rheumatism. Devil’s Claw also promotes joint flexibility, thus reducing the pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism.


DHA (Docosahexonic Acid)
Category: Nutrient
DHA or Docosahexonic Acid is an essential fatty acid (EFA). Refer to EFA for more info.


Dong Quai
Category: Herb
Dong Quai is one the most used Chinese herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It is primarily used in combination with other supporting herbs as a “female tonic” to treat muscle cramps and pain associated with difficult menstrual period. Dong quai is also used to regulate the menstrual cycle, and treat menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.

Dong Quai is derived from the root of Angelica sinensis. It has been used for almost every gynaelogical complaint. Dong Quai is antispasmodic, and is able to alleviate menstrual cramps and anxiety.

Dong Quai can also act as a blood purifier, promoting blood circulation and blood nourishment (for both males and females). Studies have also shown that Dong Quai can help in regulating blood sugar, and in lowering blood pressure.

Dong Quai should not be used during pregnancy, nor during the menstruation period.



 
       
       
       
       
 

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