New evidence now exist about the Chinese herb, Salvia Miltiorrhiza. This herb has been used for thousands of years and has been praised for its benefits for cardiovascular disease. The latest study on Salvia Miltiorrhiza indicates that this Chinese herb can also be beneficial to those suffering with osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones or loss of bone density over time.
The recent osteoporosis study results showed Salvia Miltiorrhiza (also known as Dan Shen) "significantly reduced the decrease in bone density." The researchers believe the preventative effect of this Chinese herb was "due to its anti-oxidative stress via modulation of osteoclast maturation and number." The researchers went on to say it "appears Salvia Miltiorrhiza could be a promising new osteoporosis therapeutic natural product."
As women age and go through menopause they often begin to worry about their bone density. Chinese herbs are a safe and natural answer for this concern.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, Dan Shen is well known for promoting blood circulation and soothing nerves. It improves microcirculation, is an excellent anti-oxidant, reduces blood fat and helps the liver and kidneys to regulate.
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Yan Cui, Bidur Bhandar, Anu Marahatta, Geum-Hwa Lee, Bo Li , Do-Sung Kim, Soo-Wan Chae, Hyung-Ryong Kim and Han-Jung Chae, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:120doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-120 Published Nov. 28, 2011.