General Information

Common name: Danshen, red sage, Chinese sage, tan shen, danshen

Scientific term: Salvia miltiorrhiza

Description: Danshen is a perennial plant in the genus Salvia, which is highly valued for its roots in traditional Chinese medicine.


Danshen is rich in flavonoids, alkaloids and tannins, phytoncides and bitterness. It contains oleanolic, ursolic and chlorogenic acids. The plant is a supplier of nicotinic acid, bitterness and phytoncides. Essential Danshen oil contains a valuable high content of terpenic compounds.


  • diseases of the digestive tract and cholecystitis;
  • hypertension and diabetes mellitus;
  • radiculitis and polyarthritis;
  • diseases of the urinary tract (cystitis, pyelonephritis);
  • liver diseases and chronic bronchitis;
  • bronchial asthma and pneumonia;
  • dermatological diseases (mycosis and psoriasis);
  • viral infections, for strengthening of immunity;
  • angina and diseases of the oral cavity (stomatitis, gingivitis);
  • neuritis, chronic fatigue and hysteria;
  • mumps and excessive sweating.


Dried and fresh Danshen herb is a traditional folk remedy. Danshen leaves have astringent, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, emollient and hemostatic effect. The plant is used for rinsing with gyms inflammation and bleeding, stomatitis, bronchitis, angina, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract.

Danshen is considered an excellent tonic and a remedy that can cope with copious sweating and stomach colic, female infertility and diabetes.

Danshen is used for pulmonary tuberculosis, edema, polyarthritis, atherosclerosis, radiculitis, gynecological diseases. Danshen is recommended for peptic ulcer, gastrointestinal inflammation, colitis, gastritis, liver and kidney diseases, as well as for treatment of purulent wounds.

Medicinal forms:

The medicinal raw materials are flowering tops and leaves of Danshen. They are collected in the first year of vegetation in late summer. In the following years, the leaves of the “sacred grass” are harvested two or three times from the beginning of flowering.

Well dried raw materials are packed in bales and kept in a dry room. In medicine, Danshen is used as a raw material for making decoctions, tinctures and extracts. Fat oil from Danshen seeds is considered a bactericidal agent, so it is used for inhalation.


  • amenorrhea;
  • pregnancy;
  • hypotension;
  • thyroid disorder;
  • kidney disease;
  • lactation;
  • polycystic ovary;
  • endometriosis;
  • myoma.

Do not exceed the dosage and do not prolong the course of treatment. Do not take the medicine with an increased level of estrogen, poor activity of the thyroid gland. It is not recommended to take Danshen if you suffer from neurosis, pyelonephritis, nephritis, kidney failure, hypertension.

In any case, before you start treatment with Danshen, consult a specialist to avoid a harmful effect on the body. If you do not have any contraindications, follow the dosage.A prolonged use of the drug can trigger poisoning and a negative consequence.

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