Botanical Name: Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix

Dan Shen

Dan Shen

Category: Invigorate the Blood

Taste: Bitter
Temperature: Slightly Cold
Channels Entered: Heart, Pericardium, Liver

Dosage: 6-15g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Do not use with Li Lu.

Actions & Indications:

  • Invigorates the blood and dispels stasis: for a wide variety of blood stasis disorders in any part of the body.  Most commonly used for problems affecting the lower abdomen, chest, or hypochondria.  It is a very important herb in gynecology.
  • Clears heat and soothes irritability: especially useful for restlessness, irritability, palpitations, and insomnia due to heat entering the nutritive level.  Can also be used in patterns of Heart and Kidney yin deficiency.
  • Cools the blood and reduces abscesses: as an adjunctive herb to treat sores or the early stages of breast abscess.
  • Nourishes the blood and calms the spirit: for palpitations and insomnia due to either heat entering the nutritive and blood levels or insufficient Heart blood.