"Red sage, otherwise known as danshen, is a key herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Used to treat a wide range of complaints, ranging from cardiovascular issues to renal failure, the herb remains in common use as a complementary remedy." Bravo to you if you already use this herb.
The scientific name for this species is salvia miltiorrhiza, meaning “red ochre root”. Although it has delicate purple flowers, this species is named for its thick root system which has a bright red hue.
An Ancient Past
Red sage root has been a staple in many herbal traditions throughout history, but it got its start in China. In China, Red Sage Root is known as danshen and it’s one of the most widely used medicinal herbs.
One of the earliest recorded uses of the herb can be found in a text called “Shennong Materia Medica”, one of the oldest pharmacopeia or medical texts in China.
It shows that over 2,000 years ago, the herb was used for a number of ailments including gynecological diseases, heart health, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Nutrition in Red Sage Root
Modern science has shown that salvia militorrhiza has over 200 chemical compounds that likely contribute to its health benefits. Some of these compounds include lipophilic diterpenoids, hydrophilic phenolic compounds phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and triterpenoids.
What are the Benefits of Drinking Red Sage Tea?
The most common use of red sage root tea is for heart health support. In fact, many human studies have been conducted in Asia focusing on patients with cardiovascular problems. In addition to heart health, red sage root is also thought to support liver health, and healthy blood sugar levels.
"Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found that a compound derived from the herb could form the basis of a new osteoporosis drug."