Source Red Sage Root is the root and rhizome of Salvia miltiorrhizd Bunge, (Fam. Labiatae.)
Producing Areas Mainly produced in parts of China such as Anhui, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Hebei and Shanxi.
Properties Bitter, Slightly Cold
Channels Heart, Liver
- Invigorates blood and dispels stasis
Treats gynaecological disorders such as irregular menses, amenorrhea and post-partum abdominal pain. It is also used to relieve chest, epigastric and abdominal pain as well as traumatic injury. It disperses masses and accumulations.
- Clears heat and soothes irritability
For patients suffering from restlessness, irritability, palpitations, and insomnia due to heat in the nutritive lying) level. Can also be used for deficiency of y¡n in the heart and kidney.
- Cools blood and reduces abscesses
Is potent in reducing swelling in toxic sores and breast abscesses. It cools the blood to treat symptoms of febrile disorders or the presence of heat in the ying or xue levels with symptoms of delirium, high fever, unconsciousness, irritability, insomnia, purpura or subcutaneous bleeding.
- Nourishes the blood and calms the spirit
Treats palpitations and insomnia due to heat in ying and xue levels and heat surrounding the heart. Also cures patients suffering from cardiac ischemia (blood deficiency in the heart).
Usage and Dosage
When used as a crude herb, it clears the heart of heat and soothes the spirit. When stir-baked with wine, it promotes blood flow to eliminate blood stasis; when stir-baked with pig blood, it tonifies the blood and calms the mind. 5-15 g ¡s used in decoction for oral use; 2-3 g of powder is taken.
Incompatible with Falsehellebore Root and Rhizome.
Keep in a cool dry place.
Protect from moisture and moths.
Description of Quality Herb
A good Danshen root is thick in depth and has a purplish red colour.
The cultivated herb is thick and 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter. The surface is red brown in colour with wrinkles. The skin does not peel easily. It is hard. The broken surface is even keratin-like.