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Red Sage (Dan Shen) Root

  • Salvia miltiorrhiza
  • Origin: China
Red Sage (Dan Shen) Root


Common Name

Standardized: Chinese salvia
Other: Chinese sage, red-root sage, dan shen

Botanical Name

Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge
Plant Family: Lamiaceae



Red Sage is an herbaceous perennial native to China. The "red" part of its name comes from the red color of the roots; the flowers themselves are large, fragrant clusters of purple or violet.


Tanshinones I, IIA, IIB, V and VI, isotanshinones I and II, cryptotanshinone, isocryptotanshinone, dihydrotanshinone, hydroxytanshinone IIA and methyltanshinonate, tanshinol I and tanshinol II, tanshindiols A, B and C, nortanshinone and 3-?-hydroxytanshinone IIA, miltirone, Ro-090680, salvinone, salvianolic acids A and B, rosmarinic acid, danshensu, protocatechuic aldehyde, protocatechuic acid, oleanolic acid, feruginol, dehydromiltirone, ?-sitosterol, and vitamin E.

Parts Used

Dried root

Typical Preparations

Typically used as either a tea or a liquid extract.


Red Sage has been employed in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Red sage should be used with caution in any situation associated with bleeding, including menstruation, nosebleeds, or blood in the urine, or if blood is expectorated during coughing.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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