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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.

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

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

Sheng Mai Yin Wan

Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan

  • Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart
  • Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, low grade fever, restless sleep, poor memory, poor focus and concentration, nocturnal emissions, dry stools.

    Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

  • Calm The Spirit
  • Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan




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