Dan Shen 丹蔘 salvia root Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix [caution]

  • If qi stagnation causes blood stagnation, the Heart may be under-nourished by blood. Blood deficiency in the Heart can lead to an apathetic or depressed mood. Dan Shen is often added to formulas that promote cardiovascular health too.
  • Delicate individuals may also have heart palpitations, panic attacks, or insomnia as these three symptoms can be associated with under-nourished Heart functions according to Chinese medicine.
  • This herb is cool in nature too. Suffering can be partially addressed by cooling the Heart. Think of this as turning down the passion just a tad. Heat in the heart can also cause excessive passion or a sense of being ill at ease.