Use Red Sage to Relieve Pain After Childbirth

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Giving birth can be both one of the most exciting and rewarding times of your life. However it will likely be one of the most painful times of your life too. Modern medicine can provide some pain relief during the birthing process; however, post-birth, you may not wish to ingest more pain killing drugs especially if you are nursing. This wiki will show you how to use red sage as a pain reliever for a safe, effective alternative to modern pain medicine.

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How to use red sage to relieve pain after childbirth

Salvia miltiorrhiza, more commonly known as red sage, is so nicknamed for its bright red taproot. This herb is native to both China and Japan, although it is more highly valued by the Chinese than the Japanese, especially when it comes to alternative medicine. Red sage is a perennial plant that belongs to the labitiae family. Commonly referred to as Danshen by the people of China, this deciduous herb is widely used in East Asia as a natural remedy for chronic renal failure, coronary heart disease, as well as diabetes. Women, in particular, may benefit from red sage as it helps relieve common female conditions such as dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea. Even better, red sage may be used by mothers to relieve abdominal pain after childbirth.

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Brief history of red sage

Red sage was seldom used in ancient Chinese medicine, but it has become a valuable herb in Chinese clinical practice after it was discovered that it could treat a diverse range of ailments. Red sage was a part of the so-called "Tianwang Buxin Dan" formula (together with ginseng and cinnabar) and was described in the "Material Medica of Rihuazi" written by Master Sun-Rays in the 10th century. According to the Master, Danshen nourishes the heart, reinforces the will power, unblocks the guan pulse, and cures goiter and pyrogenic infections. The ability of red sage roots to "thin" the blood and prevent blood clotting has been well studied and well documented, which made it a highly regarded natural "blood thinning" agent throughout China.

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The benefits of red sage in women

Abdominal pain is quite a common complaint among postpartum women because normal spontaneous delivery (NSD) often causes blood stasis and "qi" stagnation. In China, women use red sage, usually in combination with other herbs, to relieve postpartum abdominal pain. Angelica polymorpha var. sinensis (Chinese angelica), Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong (Chuanxiong), Carthamus tinctorius L. (safflower), and Herba Leonuri (motherwort) are often used in combination with red sage to strengthen the latter's curative effects against abdominal pain associated with childbirth.

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How to prepare red sage root concoction

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    Rinse the red sage roots.
    (Note: Be careful not to wash the roots vigorously or the red will wash off the roots.)
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    Extract the essence of red sage by boiling it in water for about 15 minutes.
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    Strain out the dregs.
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    Serve in a cup.
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How to make red sage tea

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    Get some sage leaves (dried sage or fresh sage will do).
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    Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
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    Put about 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped red sage leaves or 1 tsp.
    of dry red sage into a mug.
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    Pour the hot water into the mug.
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    Cover the mug for a few minutes and allow the solution to rest while the red sage infuses with the water.
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    Strain the tea and add a dash of lime to add a tangy quality to it, or add a teaspoon of honey for a little sweetness.
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How to prepare red sage wine

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    Get some dried red sage roots.
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    Grind the dry roots until it becomes a fine powder.
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    Mix it with your choice of wine and drink.
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