| (Tan shen; Chinese sage; Red-rooted sage)
A most important herb in Chinese medicine. Traditionally used to stabilize the heart and calm the nerves, and to lighten or to remove stagnant blood. Clinical experience shows that the roots are effective against angina pectoris, cerebral atherosclerosis, intravascular clotting and phlebitis. Reduces blood pressure, improves circulation by dilating the blood vessels, and reduces blood cholesterol. Useful for palpitations, irritability and insomnia. Also effective against hepatitis, infections, and many skin diseases such as shingles, dermatitis and psoriasis.