Red sage (Salvia Miltiorrhiza) comes from the Latin term salvus meaning “safe.” Salvia can also mean “healing plant.” The Chinese name for this is “Danshen.” It typically has a red flower (thus the “red” in the name), but there is a version named alba that has white flowers. It has also been called “red white sage,” which can be confusing. Most of the various species are considered interchangeable in China, and as “Danshen” is an extremely common herbal preparation in China and has recorded use for over 2,000 years, the demand is very high for this herb.
This herb is useful for both liver and spleen health. It has traditionally been used for women with irregular menstruation because of its liver-aiding properties.
This herb helps to normalize cytokine dysregulation (inflammation). It has been used to help with abdominal pain, arthritis and swelling.
This herb has anticoagulant properties and has been used to promote regular blood through the cardiovascular system and blood circulation. It can also resolve swelling.
One of the traditional uses of this herb is for promoting “tranquility in the mind.” I believe this is due to its ability to reduce inflammation and promote healthy blood flow in the nervous system.
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