Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae)

Common Name: salvia root
TCM Category: Invigorate Blood, Remove Stasis
TCM Functions: Activates Blood circulation and dispels Blood stasis; cools Blood, reduces swelling of sores and abcesses.
Relevant Pharmacological Effects*: Laboratory studies indicate that Dan Shen has antiplatelet, anticoagulant and thrombolytic effects. It also has antibacterial and antineoplastic properties.

*Listed pharmacological effects and information about laboratory studies come from Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by John Chen and Tina Chen.