Scientific Name:Salvia coccinea
About this Herb:Plant taxonomy classifies red salvia plants as Salvia splendens. Despite an official common name of "red sage," or "scarlet sage", many people refer to the plants simply as "red salvia." They are members of the mint family.
The plant grows indigenous to Brazil and China as perennials due to the hot climate. Red Sage flowers are treated as if they were annual plants in temperate zones: They are damaged by hard frosts and will not survive through cold winters.
Red Sage is commonly sold under the name Danshen which is a better-known term for the Chinese variety that has been used for centuries in aiding and curing of many common ailments.
Common Names:Chinese sage, red-rooted sage, rødrotsalvie (Norwegian), Chinesischer Salbei or Rotwurzsalbei (German), Kinesisk salvie (Danish), dan shen (Chinese), Danshen
Uses:Red Sage or Danshen is used for treating circulation problems, ischemic stroke (the type of stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain) , chest pain (angina pectoris), fat build up in the blood vessels (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, and other diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
It is also used for menstrual disorders, high blood pressure during pregnancy, diabetes, chronic liver disease, inflamed pancreas, and trouble sleeping caused by complaints such as rapid heartbeat and tight chest. Some people use danshen for skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also used for weight loss, to relieve bruising, and to aid in wound healing.
Red Sage is also used in the treatment of COPD
Danshen is given with a needle for a type of stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain (ischemic stroke) and high cholesterol. It is also used by people that have received a new kidney.
Applications:Extracts: Extracted from the plant's roots, 15-30 drops, 3-4 times per day.
Capsule: Purchase from a reputable source an take as directed.
Decoction: Take one teaspoon of dried herb in a mug of hot water. Steep it with a cover over the vessel to preserve the volatile oils in the liquid. Drink and breathe in the essential oils deeply to loosen lung tightness, ease sore throat, and promote sweating.
Warnings:Red Sage should not be used by pregnant women. Those with low blood pressure or bleeding problems should avoid use of the herb because of its natural circulation enhancing properties.
As with any herb harvested wild, it should be painstakingly identified properly.