Royal Jelly with Dong Quai
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: December 7, 2003

A friend has given me a bottle of capsules which are Dong Quai and Royal Jelly together. I have been able to find information regarding Dong Quai but what can you tell me about the benefits of Royal Jelly? I am 58 years old, had a hysterectomy several years ago, and already take soy with black cohosh supplements to help control menopausal symptoms. Will there be any contraindications by adding the dong quai/royal jelly to my regimen? Thank you for the info.

Thomas Bartram, in "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" (available at Richters) states that Royal Jelly is a secretion from the salivary glands of the worker bee, used as a concentrated food to impart extraordinary powers to the queen bee. It is rich in vitamins and amino acids. Its actions include: antibiotic, endocrine gland stimulant, immune enhancer and digestive. It is used as an energy source, to stimulate appetite, to increase the metabolic process, as defence against infection, to improve the ability to handle stress, for healthy skin and nails, to improve blood counts, to restore diminished sexual function and to increase weight.

There shouldn’t be any problems adding royal jelly and dong quai to the black cohosh and soy that you are taking for menopausal symptoms. I advise caution in taking soy products. The heat and chemicals used in the soy product manufacturing process can create a product that is damaging to health. The best way to take soy is in the fermented foods miso, tempeh or naturally fermented soy sauce.

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