Schisandra Berry

Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis) is “wu wei zi” in Chinese, which means “five-flavors fruit”, because this berry has all five flavors (sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, and salty). Each flavor is related to a particular function for a specific organ. Having all five flavors tells us that the schisandra berry is beneficial for the five yin organs: liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, and spleen. Schisandra berry has long been used in the traditional medicines of China and Russia for a wide variety of ailments.

Schisandra berry is an adaptogen, which helps you combat fatigue under physical stress and to increase endurance.
Research on Schisandra berry is unquestionable in the fact that it is a powerful anti-anxiety herb, besides  to its ability to elevate ones mood through lowering cortisol levels and enhancing mental endurance and promote overall metabolic efficiency. Its adaptogenic qualities mean that it specifically reduces both mental and physical stress, promoting balance and homeostasis in the entire body.

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Chinese folklore says that Schisandra can “calm the heart and quiet the spirit”, and has been used since the dawn of Chinese civilisation as a tonic herb remedy. Schisandra Berry has long been known to maintain vitality and support healthy cellular function. In Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM) it is used in many longevity formulas.

It positively affects the immune system and can help to protect the arteries from hardening, regulate blood sugar, prevent diabetes and keep the body’s PH levels normal. Its anti-inflammatory properties have also been found to have chemo-protective qualities, meaning it will help to protect healthy tissues from the damaging effects of certain anti-cancer drugs. Schisandra helps keep hormones at an even keel for a calm and gentle energy.
Schisandra normalizes female and male glandular function. It can also be used with astragalus to help control night sweats and menopausal sweating. It is an adaptogen that supports the adrenal function and enhances reflexes, work performance, and mental activity. It helps the body to respond to stress and then recover from it in an effective manner.

Nervous System
Schisandra is a mild central nervous system stimulant yet is also calming. Schisandra helps relieve anxiety, stress-induced asthma, and heart palpitations.

Immune System
Schisandra prevents immune depletion caused by stress. People with acute and chronic stress are more likely to catch colds or the flu and to develop immune deficiencies such as cancer or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Liver Health
Schisandra berry is hepatoprotective, which means that it protects the liver.It regenerates hepatocytes, the cells which make up 80% of the liver mass. It also increases glutathione, an essential liver antioxidant. In animal studies, it has been shown to provide protection against chemical and drug-induced liver damage and promotes healing of existing damage. It is a fantastic liver detoxifier. The liver is largest elimination organ in the body and keeping the liver in tip-top condition plays an important part in how well we age. Schisandra actually works to deactivate free radicals that attack liver cells. extremely high in powerful antioxidants, Schisandra helps to fight against free radical damage, thus lowering inflammatory responses.

Kidney Health
In modern Chinese medicine, schisandra is used to expel excess fluid making it helpful for regulating urinary secretions, or urinary incontinence. This adaptogenic herb has been a kidney tonic in China for centuries. Schisandra is known as a longevity herb, with the ability to increase kidney energy. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) shisandra is purported to enhance the Water Qi in the Kidney. It prevents oxidative damage to the kidneys. Kidney energy is also responsible for sexual function and stamina.So the fact that according to traditional Chinese medicine, schisandra is also considered an effective sexual tonic

Skin Health

Schisandra berry is also a natural beauty tonic, protecting the skin from environmental toxins and over-exposure to extreme weather, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines. Its astringent quality helps the skin to retain moisture and builds the immune defense energy that flows beneath the surface of the skin, allowing the pores to open and close, promoting the healing of various skin issues and helps the skin to retain its elasticity and fullness. Packed with antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. Schisandra may also protect against UVB induced skin damage.

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Constituents
– acids
– lignans (deoxyschizandrin, gomisins, pregomisin, schizandrin)
– phytosterols (beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol)
– vitamins C and E

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The content on this blog or website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Mild side effects may include: indigestion and skin rash. Schisandra may promote contractions of the uterine muscles and thus should not be used by pregnant women.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27225351