The oldest written reference to Dan Shen has been uncovered in Shen Nun Ben Cao (The Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica), dated at about 200 CE.
Dan Shen root, otherwise known as Salvia miltiorrhiza bunge, (and sometimes referred to as Red Sage or Chinese Sage) is an incredible super food or herb used traditionally in Chinese medicine for numerous ailments including the improvement of cardiovascular health and better circulation. It turns out though, that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory constituents of this root might be extremely beneficial in preventing and curing Diabetes.
Dan Shen grows throughout many parts of Asia and very prominently in Mongolia. Once it is harvested the roots are made into a powder or a tea. It can also be taken in the form of capsules, filled with the ground root. Dan Shen has proven to be very beneficial in regulating the heart and improving circulation. It helps to clear the arteries of fatty blockages, helping to ease heart palpitations and lessen the incidence of angina (heart attack). It can also help to relive menstrual cramps and make a woman’s monthly menses less severe. Dan Shen root impacts these various systems of the body beneficially due to TCN, or trigeminal convergent neurons.
One of the most important active phytochemical components of salviamiltiorrhiza bunge is tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA; 14,16-epoxy-20-nor-5(10),6,8,13,15-abietapentaene-11,12-dione). Researchers have described tanshinone IIA as being capable of anti-angiogenic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and apoptotic activities. Moreover, it appears to act strongly against a variety of cancerous cells (pubmed/21699893, pubmed/21853384, pubmed/21048307, pubmed/22038415).
Dan Shen also contains other important phytochemicals that have been shown to improve Diabetes type II and a host of other cardiovascular and vascular diseases.
Dan Shen is also antimicrobial and antibacterial which means it can fight against many viruses and boost the immune system. It has been shown to reduce inflammatory cytokines and the expression of anti-inflammatory cytokines as well, an important fact considering many GMO foods have been shown to cause inflammatory cytokines, even causing what is known as a cytokine storm.
‘Cytokine Storms occur when the immune system becomes and remains activated against the immune stimulants beyond the point of being helpful.’
If you have suffered from Hashimoto’s disease or other auto-immune problems, or even just a rash of strange symptoms, it is possible you have endured a cytokine storm. Dan Shen can help to mitigate these symptoms while Monsanto, Dow and other companies continue to play Russian roulette with our food supply – even while Russia and Poland say no to GMO!
Dan Shen constituents are currently in US FDA trials, but the pure root and herbs have been used for centuries throughout Thailand, Japan, China,Vietnam, and Mongolia.
||Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.