Is Dong Quai safe and helpful?


Question from Riverpal: I was specifically instructed by my surgeon NOT to take Chinese herbs. I have been taking and enjoying Dong Quai, [pronounced "dong kwaiy"] although I have not told him. Are there in fact some herbs that are safe and helpful (Stage III breast cancer, both ductile and lobular)?
Answers - Raymond Chang Dong Quai (Angelica) and such herbs are thought to be estrogenic. I would recommend if the patient is ER positive or PR positive that they should not take herbs such as Dong Quai.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Traditional Chinese MedicineRaymond Chang, M.D. and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about how to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with your cancer doctor.

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