Danshen - Salvia Miltiorrhiza

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This Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Danshen or Sage root (Chinese) - Salvia miltiorrhiza in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Slightly cooling.

Dosage: Decoction: 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:3 dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Hypotensive, (b) Antimicrobial, (c) Antioxidant, (d) Kidney protectant, (e) Heart tonic, (f) Hepatoprotective.

Sage root is used for the treatment of angina and chronic glomerulonephritis. It protects the heart from ischemia induced derangements and assists in restoration of contractility after ischemia-incidents. Animal research has proven this herb to be useful at reducing all uremic indices when used in the early stages of kidney failure.

Contraindications: Enhanced anticoagulation and bleeding has taken place with patients on long-term warfarin therapy who also took Salvia miltiorrhiza.

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