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Dan Shen Salvia Root - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Dan Shen Names

  • English Name: Salvia Root
  • Pinyin Name: Dan Shen

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Dan Shen Cautions


Dan Shen Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Invigorate blood, break up blood stasis in lower abdomen - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, palpable masses, lochioschesis, pain due to blood stasis, chest/epigastric pain, soreness in the ribs due to liver qi stagnation w/blood stasis.
  • Clear heat, soothe irritability - restlessness, irritability, insomnia due to heat entering the ying level.


Dan Shen Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 6-15g




Dan Shen Appears In 14 Formulas

An Shen Bu Xin Wan

Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan

  • Great Yang Restoration Pills
    • Fatigue, weakness, with pale complexion due to chronic qi and blood deficiency.
    • Hemiplegia, slurred speech or involuntary muscle control due to blockage of the channels and collaterals.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Do not use for patients with liver wind or severe yin deficiency.

Da Bu Gan Wan

  • Major Liver Nutrition Pills
    • Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
    • Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation
    • Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases. 
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Die Da Wan

  • Trauma Healing Pill
  • Useful for many types of traumatic injuries, broken bones, sprains, fractures, etc. anywhere in the body.  Also useful for fixed abdominal masses, ulcerations, sciatica, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and angina among others.

    In the case of traumatic injury the tongue and pulse may hold less clinical significance, for other conditions the Pulse may be wiry and the Tongue may be darker or show darkness in specific areas.

  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood from Traumatic Injury

Fu Fang Dan Shen Wan

  • Saliva Compound Pill
    • For stasis of the chest (zhong bi syndrome).
    • Heavy sensation, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, easily fatigued.
    • Can be used for a variety of cardiac diseases.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients who present with blood deficiency.

Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan

  • Indigo Combo Pills
    • Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent.
    • Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do not use for damp heat skin conditions such as boils or carbuncle.

Fu Fang Zhen Zhu An Chuang Pian

  • Margarite Acne Pills
    • Cystic acne, pimples.
    • Skin irritation due to damp heat - eczema, boils, carbuncles, etc.
    • With appropriate diagnosis can be used for acute dermatitis, poison ivy/oak.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients that present with dryness or yin deficiency.

Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

  • Liver Disease Recovery Pills
    • Irritibility or easily prone to outburts or anger.
    • Liver disease such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver.
    • Jaundice - yellowing of the skin, brittle nails, pale complexion.
  • Regulate the Qi
  • Promote the Movement of Qi
  • Cautions
    • Ovoid foods and drugs that tax the liver such as coffee, alcohol, fried foods, etc.
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan

  • Osteoporosis Tablets
    • For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
    • May help reduce or prevent further bone loss.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

  • Nourish Qi & Blood Pills
    • Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold.
    • Low appetite, bloating, borborygmus, loose bowels.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo.
    • Insomnia, night sweats, vivid dreams, nightmares.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Sheng Mai Yin Wan

  • Replenish Pulse Pills
    • Dry mouth, dry skin, dark or scanty urine from yin and fluid deficiency.
    • Fatigue, shortness of breath, and spontaneous sweating.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for patients that present with heat signs.

Te Xiao Zao Ren An Mian Wan

  • Peaceful Sleep Tablets
    • Insomnia, vivid dreaming, nightmares.
    • Acute emotional instability.
    • May be used to treat convulsions or spasms that are caused by a combination of blood deficiency with wind.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Sedate and Calm the Spirit

Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan

  • Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart
    • Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes, flushing or sensation of heat in the palms due to deficiency heat.
    • Insomnia, poor memory, poor focus and concentration due to yin deficiency.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan




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