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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 107-110
Original Article

Salvia columbariae contains tanshinones

1University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy Los Angeles, CA, USA
2Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Claremont, CA, USA
3Chumash Healer and Spiritual Leader Granada Hills, CA, USA

Received 7 December 2004; Accepted 11 January 2005

Copyright © 2005 James D. Adams et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Salvia columbariae (chia) was examined and found to contain miltionone II, cryptotanshinone and tanshinone IIA. These compounds may be of interest in the treatment of stroke and heart attack.