Bitter and slightly cold.
Heart, pericardium and liver
1. To invigorate blood and move stagnation; 2. To cool blood and reduce carbuncles; 3. To clear heat in the heart and soothe irritability
1. Internal blood stagnation manifested as irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, abdominal pain or postpartum abdominal pain. Red sage root (Dan Shen ) is used with Motherwort (Yi Mu Cao ), Peach seed (Tao Ren ), Safflower (Hong Hua ) and Chinese angelica root (Dang Gui ).2. Qi and blood stagnation manifested as cardiac pain, abdominal pain or epigastric pain. Red sage root (Tan Xiang ) in the formula Danshen Yin.3. Blood stagnation manifested as general pain or joint pain. Red sage root (Danshen) is used with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Chuan Xiong  rhizome (Chuanxiong) and safflower (Honghua).4. Carbuncles, furuncles and swellings. Red sage root (Danshen) is used with Honeysuckle flower (Jin Yin Hua ), Forsythia fruit (Lian Qiao ) and Frankincense (Ru Xiang ) in the formula Xiaoru Tang.5. Febrile disease with pathogenic wind invading the nutritive level manifested as high fever, irritability, dull maculopapule and a red or deep red tongue proper with scanty coating. Red sage root (Danshen) is used with Fresh rehmannia root (Sheng Di Huang ), Scrophularia (Xuan Shen ) and Bamboo leaf (Zhu Ye ).6. Deficiency of nutritive blood with internal heat manifested as palpitations, irritability and insommia. Red sage root (Danshen) is used with Wild jujube seed (Suan Zao Ren ) and Multiflower knotweed (Yejiaoteng).
Blood invigoration is enhanced by frying with wine. Do not combine with the herbs Black false bellebore (Lilu).