Dong Quai

Angelica sinensis

Dong Quai

Other Names:

Angelica Root, Dong Guai, Chinese Angelica, Tanggwi, Chinesische Engelwurz


  • Antitumor
  • Antiallergic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifibrotic
  • Hepatoprotective
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) is a type of herb from the Apiaceae family that is found growing in the mountains in China, Japan and Korea. The dried root of the plant has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over a thousand years. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
  • Immune enhancement: Supplementation of 0.5% of Dong Quai Root (DBT) into the diet can improve both cellular immunity and humoral immunity in immunosuppressed broiler chicks. The antifibrotic properties of DBT are related to its ability to inhibit angiogenesis and its antiangiogenic mechanisms are associated with improving oxidative stress, regulating the expression and signaling of angiogenic factors, and especially modulating HIF-1 in fibrotic livers.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): It is used in TCM to help nourish the blood, regulate the menses, and mildly invigorate and harmonize the blood.

Poultry Specific Studies

TypePlant PartDosageSpecific useResultsRef
Chickensroots tinctureup to 0.67 mL/L added to drinking waterfeed additiveEFSA 2019
Hensextractangiogenesiscan promote the follicle angiogenesis in hens in vitro.H Chen et al., 2022
Chickenspolysaccharideimmunityserve as an efficient adjuvant for H9N2 vaccine and have the potential to induce vigorous humoral and cellular immune responses in chickens.P Gu et al., 2020
Chickenspolysaccharideimmunityhad the function of enriching blood in different ways. On the one hand Angelica polysaccharide enriched the blood directly, increased the number of RBC and hemoglobin; on the other hand it regulated the hematopoietic factors, enriched the blood indirectly.H Hou et al., 2012