Pinyin Name: Dan Shen
English Name: Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Other Names: Chi Shen, Zi Dan Shen, Chao Dan Shen, Bie Xue Dan Shen
Tastes: Light Smell, Lightly Bitter
Origin: Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning and Jilin provinces in China
Benefits of Dan Shen:
Dan Shen is native to China. It can be collected in spring and summer. It covers two meridians, including heart and liver. Main functions are to remove blood stasis to ease pain, promote blood circulation to stimulate the menstrual flow, clear away the heart-fire to relieve restlessness.
Common uses are acne, anxiety, ischemic diseases like acute ischaemic stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, cholesterol, depression, diabetes, glaucoma, sleeping problem, fertility, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, fibroids. Recommended dosage is from 9 to 15 grams.
Dan Shen is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Ning Kun Zhi Bao Dan is mainly used for irregular menstruation, infertility, morbid leucorrhea, profuse uterine bleeding, consumption, and various diseases before and after the delivery. Its ingredient herbs include Dan Shen, Chuan Xiong, Dang Gui, Yi Mu Cao and more. 2) Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan is designed for injuries and bruises from falls, fractures, contusions and strains. Its ingredient herbs include Dan Shen, Dang Gui, Ru Xiang, Mo Yao and more. 3) Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan is mainly used in symptom management for insomnia and palpitation due to the failure of nourishing heart by blood. Its ingredient herbs include Dan Shen, Shu Di Huang, Suan Zao Ren, Bai Zi Ren and more.