Schisandra chinensis (also known as schizandra) is a herbal vine plant found in northern China, and some areas of Korea and Russia. Its cherry-like fruit is well known for its natural healing abilities, making it one of the most effective adaptogens on the planet. Adaptogens are natural herbs that increase the body’s resistance to fatigue, stress, anxiety and trauma. They are also well known for enhancing the immune system. The red fruit from schisandra chinensis has been used as herbal medicine by the Chinese for many centuries. According to Chinese herbalists, schisandra chinensis is effective for increasing libido and energy and improving liver, heart, immune and respiratory functions. Using schisandra chinensis to treat coughs, insomnia and support fertility is also popular in Chinese medicine. People who used schisandra chinensis claimed that it increased their physical and mental performance by increasing their acuity of vision, hearing and concentration and reducing stress. Modern studies suggested that the lignans found in the red berry can help regenerate liver tissue that are damaged by toxins.
The berry from Schizandra has a very unique flavor. The most notice flavors are sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter. The salty, spicy and bitter flavors are not as strong as the other two flavors. Because it contains five of the basic flavors, it is known to many people as the five flavored berry. Schizandra is available as tinctures or capsules at natural food stores. To be on the safe side, women who are pregnant should limit or avoid this fruit.
Category: Natural Medicines and Remedies