In Tranditional Chinese Medicine, Dan Shen, Salvia miltiorrhiza, has been used to prevent and treat heart conditions and strokes. It is known as a heart tonic. Dan Shen helps the cardiac muscles maintain a regular rhythm, and also strengths and tones the heart to maintain a steady and regular beat, resulting in increased blood circulation.
Dan Shen can prevent the formation of clots in the bloodstream and reduces blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. As a powerful anti-oxidant, Dan Shen is used to enhance the heart-healthy effect of unsaturated fatty acids and protect heart and nerve cells from free-radical damage.
Many clinical tests with Dan Shen for angina, stroke, and phlebitis have taken place in China, Japan and many other countries. Testing results that in the cases of angina, about 90% of those tested were significantly helped, and 80% of arrhythmias were corrected or at least improved. In many cases, the mitral valves of the heart have actually shown to have been helped over long term use correcting many problems. Animal experiments indicate that it may prevent recurrence of blockages after angioplasty.
Dan Shen is also helpful and beneficial to the overall functioning of the other organs within the human body, such as strengthening the liver and stimulating the production for bile. It has been shown clinically to be effective in treating chronic hepatitis. It’s also been reported to be effective in suppressing fibrosis in the liver.
Dan Shen is useful in treating menopause problems and uterine fibroids. It has been noted that this herb “releases” congealed blood, as shown by dark-red clots during menses, and eases pelvic congestion. Dan Shen is also used to treat skin problems. It is applied as a paste to the skin that has blotches or bruises. In addition skin problem such as eczema, and psoriasis are also treated with Dan Shen.
Dan Shen is generally not recommended for pregnant and breast feeding women. Always consult you doctor before taking Dan Shen or any other herb medicine and supplements.