a plant. The fruit is used as food and also to make
Schisandra is used as an "adaptogen" for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.
Schisandra is also used for preventing early aging and increasing lifespan, normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure, stimulating the immune system, and speeding recovery after surgery.
It is also used for treating liver disease (hepatitis) and protecting the liver from poisons. The Chinese have developed a liver-protecting drug called DBD that is made from schizandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra.
Other uses for schisandra include treatment of high cholesterol, pneumonia, coughs, asthma, sleep problems (insomnia), tiredness and irritability associated with emotional disturbance (neurasthenia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), chronic diarrhea, dysentery, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, involuntary discharge of semen, thirst erectile dysfunction (ED), physical exhaustion, excessive urination, depression, irritability, and memory loss. It is also used in children to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks of fever associated with an inherited disease called familial Mediterranean fever.
people use schisandra for improving muscular activity, protecting
preventing infection, boosting energy at the cellular level, and
improving the health of the adrenal glands.
Schisandra fruit is eaten as a food.
How does it work ?
The chemicals in schisandra improve liver function by stimulating enzymes (proteins that speed up biochemical reactions) in the liver and promoting liver cell growth.
Mental performance. Taking schisandra fruit extract bymouth, alone or in combination with rhodiola and Siberian ginseng, seems to improve concentration, attention, and speed of thinking.
Hepatitis. Schisandra fruit extracts reduce blood levels of an enzyme called glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) in people with hepatitis. SGPT level is a marker for liver damage. A higher S GPT level means more damage; a lower SGPT means less damage.
Schisandra () is a plant whose deep red berries have long been used in . Schisandra is a deciduous climbing vine native to China and Russia that thrives in almost all types of soils.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), schisandra is considered an "adaptogen," meaning a plant or herb that balances the body's functions and maintains homeostasis.
The berry itself is often called "five-flavor berry" because it possesses all five of the basic flavors of Chinese herbal medicine: salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter. Having these flavors means that it can benefit all five yin organs: the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, and spleen.
Schisandra berries are referred to as in traditional Chinese medicine and in Korea. In the West, the plant is better known as magnolia vine, even though it is not closely related to true magnolias
A from Sweden reported that schisandra is able to stimulate the and the production of hormones like epinephrine, increasing heart rate, muscle strength, blood pressure, and sugar metabolism.
These physiological changes translate to increased mental alertness, energy, stamina, and feelings of well-being. This, in turn, can enhance libido (sex drive) simply by the fact that you feel stronger and are more energized.
You should not use schisandra if you have uncontrolled (GERD) as it may trigger reflux symptoms. Pregnant women, nursing women, and children should also avoid schisandra given the lack of research into their long-term safety.
Alternative medicines should never be used as a substitute for standard care. Self-treating a medical condition and delaying the standard course of treatment may have serious consequences.
Schisandra: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, and Interactions (verywellhealth.com)