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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae (Danshen root) has quite a reputation on behalf of blood-activating and stasis-resolving herbs and is frequently used for treating CVDs as well as advanced cancer without undesirable side effects (Zhou et al.
Zhang and Zhu [145] treated EM patients with retention enema of traditional Chinese herbal medicine (drugs: Danshen Root, Bulb of Thunberg Fritillary, Frankincense, Myrrha, Sargentodoxa cuneata, Patrinia, Cassia bark, Yanhusuo Tuber, Red Peony Root, Chinese Angelica, and Peach Seed) or oral Danazol and the results showed that the effect of both groups was similar, while the adverse reactions were far less in the retention enema group than those of the Danazol group.
One recent study revealed that the injection of Danshen root could suppress cigarette smoking-induced lung inflammation by decreasing the levels of interleukin- (IL-) 8, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) [alpha] in Sprague-Dawley rats [75].