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Schisandra - Schisandra chinensis. Wu-wei-zi, Schisandra

Schisandra

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Biological Name: Schisandra chinensisschisandra

Other Names: Wu-wei-zi, Schisandra

Elements Applied: Fruit is commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components: Schisandra is rich in active components, which include lignans, multiple acids, and essential oils. Lignans (like pregomisin, gomisins, deoxyschizandrin, and schizandrin) are present in the seeds and have a potency to produce a range of medical effects.

History: Schisandra is mentioned in a traditional Chinese herbal scripture, Shen Nung Pen Tsao Ching, as an excellent herbal remedy for a wide range of health disorders, particularly those connected with lung congestion and kidney conditions. Chinese homoeopathists prescribe the herb for physical exhaustion, thirst, insomnia, night sweating, and coughs.

Used For: The range of conditions in which the plant is commonly used includes stress, liver support, hepatitis. Fatigue, sore throat and common cold, as well as chemotherapy support.

Contemporary Chinese studies have revealed that schisandra’s lignans are responsible for recovering liver tissues, destroyed by the harmful effect of the environment, like alcohol and viral hepatitis. Lignans can decrease the content of serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase in blood, which in its turn decreases the risk of several liver conditions.

Schisandra is also characterized by adaptogenic effects, which are similar to ginseng, but are less marked. According to laboratory studies, schisandra can enhance one’s energy levels, strengthen the body and relieve tiredness.

Additional Info: Schisandra is represented by a woody wine, featuring multiple clusters of small-sized red berries. It is indigenous to northeast and northern areas of China and the neighboring regions of Korea and Russia. Mature berries, dried by the sun, are applied in herbal medicine. These berries vary in taste from bitter, salty to sweet one. The uncommon mixture of non-relating tastes made Chinese herbalists call it wu-wei-ze, which means, “a fruit with five tastes”.

Preparation and Intake: The common dose of Schisandra fruit is 1-6 grams a day. In form of tincture the herb is taken at a dose of 2-4 ml thrice a day.

Safety: There are only rare adverse effects, linked with schisandra, but they are skin rashes, suppressed appetite and stomach cramps.

It is possible that the herb may interact with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.