Also known as
Salvia miltiorrhiza, Dan shen
Dan shen is most commonly used for cardiovascular issues and is believed to help blood flow and prevent clotting. It also has a distinct anti-anxiety and analgesic effect.
Tanshinones I, IIA, IIB, V and VI, isotanshinones I and II, cryptotanshinone, isocryptotanshinone, dihydrotanshinone, hydroxytanshinone IIA and methyltanshinonate, tanshinol I and tanshinol II, tanshindiols A, B and C, nortanshinone and 3-?-hydroxytanshinone IIA, miltirone, Ro-090680, salvinone, salvianolic acids A and B, rosmarinic acid, danshensu, protocatechuic aldehyde, protocatechuic acid, oleanolic acid, feruginol, dehydromiltirone, and vitamin E.
cut root pieces
Taken as tea for general heart and vascular health as well as to help ease pain and relax the body.
Dan shen is a popular herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is found in many different formulations that deal with the heart, the blood and the nervous system.
Red sage is a powerful blood thinner and circulation tonic. "Red sage can affect hemostasis in several ways, including inhibition of platelet aggregation, interference with the extrinsic blood coagulation, antithrombin III-like activity, and promotion of fibrinolytic activity."
Red sage has the potential to interact with warfarin and similar drugs, preventing blood from properly coagulating leading to bleeding with the blood unable to clot.
If you do take any medications related to the blood or heart, it is highly recommended to speak to your doctor before consuming this herb or any blends that contain it.
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