Schisandra Berries

Schizandra Berry IllustrationSchisandra chinensis

Part used: Fruit

Energetics: Warm, dry, cooling and moistening

Actions: Antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, adaptogen, immune-modulating, hepatoprotective, antitussive, astringent, nervine, sedative

Indications: 

  • Mental and physical stress
  • Oxidative stress, inflammatory disorders
  • Liver toxicity, hepatitus & compromised liver function
  • Hypercholesterolaemia
  • Lowered immunity and cancer
  • Memory impairment, Alzheimers
  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers and gastritis

Schizandra has been used and revered in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Schizandra is also known as Wu Wei Zi – which means the “five-flavoured seed” because it tastes sour, bitter, sweet, acrid and salty and also represents the five elements in TCM. The ancient Chinese classified the herb in many ways – as a stimulant, tonic, antiseptic, relaxant and astringent. Schizandra has traditionally been used to treat a wide range of different ailments including coughs, fatigue, impotence, memory loss and nervous complaints. It has perhaps been most acclaimed for promoting longevity and increasing physical and mental stamina. The fruit is used medicinally while the fibers are used to make rope. The stems, leaves, and fruit are also used to extract a volatile oil. Constituents Dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans (25 different sub types – including angeloylgomisin, schizandrins, tigloylgomisin, benzoylgomisin, fargesin, eudesmin and gomisin)1,2 schisandrols, triterpenic acids & lactones, geranylgeranoic acid, citric acids and volatile oil. It also contains an array of vitamins and trace elements including vitamins C & E, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

Herbal Monographs, The Herbal Extract Company of Australia 2021

Schisandra berries are used in our Antioxidant and Women’s Wellness Tea.