Schisandra is a berry that is strangely exotic, and only used in medicine.
In China the berry is also called five flavored berry due to the fact that it is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent.
Schisandra is the berry of a climbing vine native to northeast China and parts of Russia.
It is cultivated in long rows, and harvest takes place at the end of July and the beginning of August.
In the current climate of berry crazes, Schisandra could sound like one more fruit to toss into your morning blender drink, but this unusual berry holds a top spot in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its superior medicinal benefits.
It enjoys millennia of traditional use for:
- prolong life
- slowing down the aging process
- increasing energy
- improving mental health
- as a sexual tonic
- protactive of the liver
- Thus it helps to maintain healthy cells throughout the body
Schisandra berry demonstrates significant adaptogenic activity.
What does this mean? To qualify as an adaptogen, an herb must be
completely safe and non-toxic, it must have broad uses for health,
and it must specifically reduce stress, both mental and physical.
As an adaptogen, Schisandra is a potent general tonic, decreasing
fatigue, enhancing physical performance,and promoting endurance.
The berry counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood.
Additionally, Schisandra offers great benefits for athletes.
In human studies Schisandra berry and its extracts have improved performance among long distance runners, skiers and gymnasts. For this reason Schisandra berry is often
found on the training tables of Chinese athletes.
Schisandra also offers special benefits for the mind.
Several human studies show that Schisandra extract improves concentration, coordination and endurance.
Schisandra helps to prevent mental fatigue and increases accuracy and quality of work.
As if all these benefits were insufficient, Schisandra also offers first-rate liver-protective benefits. Schisandra helps in the treatment of hepatitis, as noted in over 500 cases.
In fact, an antihepatitis drug was developed from Schizadrin C.
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 schisandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.