Salvia Root or Dan Shen in Chinese Medicine and also known as Salvia miltiorrhiza can open up coronary arteries, lower blood pressure, ease inflammation, prevent atherosclerosis, lower cholesterol, prevent strokes, promote the regeneration of liver and kidney cells, and even helps with diabetes, and it’s been used for thousands of years.

Where it Grows - Salvia root and also known as Chinese red sage grows in Asia and is common in Mongolia. Salvia root has been extensively used in China, Japan, and in the US.

Prevents Blood Vessel Inflammation - Salvia root has been shown to prevent inflammation of all the major and minor blood vessels of the body including the coronary arteries. Thus helping to prevent plaque formation and heart attacks.

Promotes Good Circulation - Salvia root helps to increase blood flow in every area of the body thus helping to increase perfusion of nutrients into tissues.

Prevents Atherosclerosis - Salvia root also helps to prevent atherosclerotic tissue from being formed in all the major blood vessels.

Lowers Blood Pressure - Salvia root dilates blood vessels and thus helps to lower blood pressure.

Lowers Cholesterol - Salvia root lowers cholesterol thus helping to prevent cardiovascular events and strokes.

Contains - Salvia root contains salvianolic acid, two types of tanshinone, and dihydrotanshinone.

Improves Blood Flow to the Heart - Salvia root helps to prevent a lack of blood flow to the coronary arteries thus helping to prevent heart attacks. A study done at Yamanashi Medical University in Japan showed that salvia root extract worked just as well as calcium channel blockers for getting rid of angina. And salvia root has been shown to be just as effective as nitroglycerin for improving heart function.

Regeneration of Liver Cells - Salvia root helps the liver to regenerate and resist fibrosis and damage from toxic agents.

Cancer Prevention - Studies in the Journal of Ethopharmacology found that salvia root may be able to protect a person from many types of cancer, more studies to be done.

Renal Regeneration - Salvia root contains salvianolic acid B which may help in the regeneration of tubular epithelial structures and reverse renal fibrosis. And salvia root may also help protect kidneys from damage caused by diabetes.

Inhibits Excessive Clotting - Salvia root inhibits excessive clotting thus helping to prevent cardiovascular events.

Powerful Antioxidant - Salvia root is also a powerful antioxidant for preventing and healing DNA damage and thus helping to prevent disease in general.

Help Prevent Strokes - Salvia root also helps to dilate blood vessels and reduce the formation of platelets that block arteries and create strokes.

May Help with Alzheimer’s Disease - Salvia root helps to prevent the formation of amyloid fibrils and proteins that play a role in Alzheimers’s disease.

Diabetes - Salvia root because of it’s high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities lowers blood sugar thus making it great for diabetics.

Dose - The normal dose for salvia root as a powder is from 3 to 15 grams daily, but as a concentrated decoction from 1 to 4 grams daily. As with all herbs salvia root should only be used for 7 to 10 days and then taking a break for a week and then returning if needed.

Forms - Salvia root can be found as powders, decoctions, tinctures, capsules, and pills.

Finding - Salvia root can be found on-line by googling “Buy Salvia Root” or “Buy Dan Shen Root” and lots of places will come up including Amazing and Ebay.

Side Effects - Salvia root is a powerful blood thinning agent and thus should not be taken by people using blood thinning medications. As always women who are pregnant, nursing, or small children should not take salvia root.

Many Blessings to Everyone!

Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist

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