Dan Shen

Dan Shen in TCM:

English Name: salvia root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Salviae Miltorrhizae
Properties: bitter, cool
Explore the properties of Dan Shen according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cool
Channels: HT, LV, PC
Flavors: bitter
Regulates: circulates blood, clears heat, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates blood, regulates menses (quickens blood more than it nourishes blood; blood stasis disorders in lower jiao: dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, palpable masses, lochioschesis, blood stasis with pain in chest, hypochondriac region, epigastrium; angina pectoris, stroke recovery)
  • Clears heat; Soothes heart; calms the spirit (irritability, restlessness, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia due to heat in ying level or heart and kidney disharmony)
  • Cools blood, reduces swelling (sores, abcesses, carbuncles, boils)

    Special Notes:
  • Antagonistic with Li Lu
  • The single herb Dan Shen has a similar action as the formula Si Wu Tang all by itself
  • Extreme caution with drugs like Warfarin and/or Digoxin.