schisandra chinensis

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schisandra chinensis
Schisandra chinensis.

Common name: Wu - wei - zi.

English name: Schisandra.

Used parts and where it grows: Schisandra is a wooded vine with numerous clusters of tiny red berries, brilliant. It is distributed across northern and northeastern China and adjacent regions of Russia and Korea. Fully ripe fruit, dried in the sun is used medicinally. It seeks to taste sour, sweet, salty, spicy and bitter. This unusual combination of flavors is reflected in its name in Chinese:

wu - wei - zi, which means "the fruit of the five flavors. ".

Schisandra has been used in connection with the following conditions (refer to individual medical uses for complete information)

Medicinal use.

Help in chemotherapy.

Common cold sore throat.



Help Liver.


Historical or traditional use (may or may not be backed by scientific studies) The treaty classic Chinese herbal medicine, Shen Nung Pen Tsao Ching of Shen Nung, Schisandra described as a herbal medicine, high - grade suitable for a wide variety of medical conditions - Especially as an astringent tonic of the lung and kidney. In addition, other textbooks of traditional Chinese medicine is useful to note that Schisandra for cough, night sweats, insomnia, thirst, and fatigue.

Active components: Schisandra contains a number of compounds, including essential oils, acids and lignans many. Lignans (schizandrina, deoxischizandrina, gomisinas and pregomisina) are found in the seeds of the fruit and have various medicinal actions. Modern Chinese research suggests that lignans regenerate liver tissue damaged by harmful influences such as viral hepatitis and alcohol. The lignans lower blood levels of serum transaminase Glutamic Pyruvic (TGPS) a marker of contagious hepatitis and other liver disorders. 3 The lignans also interfere with platelet activating factor, a chemical compound that produces inflammation in different conditions. 4 The standardized extracts from the fruits of Schisandra have won renown for use on race horses galloping not good for reasons related to high levels of the enzyme in the liver. 5.

The fruit of Schisandra may also have an action adaptogens, like ginseng, but with weaker effects. Laboratory studies suggest that Schisandra can improve performance at work, helping to generate energy and reduce fatigue. 6.

How much should I take? A range of fruit daily Schisandra is 1 - 6 grams per day. The dye, in the amount of 2 - 4 ml three times per day, can also be used.

There are side effects or interactions? Side effects involving Schisandra are infrequent but can include abdominal disorder, decreased appetite, and skin rashes.

The information on the effects of a supplement or an herb determined for a given condition has been described in terms of methodology or the data source of support (for example: clinical, double - blind, meta - analysis, or use Traditional) For the convenience of the reader, the information in the vector that lists the supplements for certain conditions are also categorized. The criteria for the rankings are: "primary" indicates that there is relatively reliable and scientific data that show a constant support in the disease. "Secondary" indicates that there is conflict, little or only preliminary studies suggest that aid in disease or aid in the disease is minimal. "Other" indicates that there is little scientific support and / or minimal aid in the disease.


1. Leung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics, 2d ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996, 469 - 72.

2. Shu HY. Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide. Palos Verdes, CA: Oriental Healing Arts Press, 1986, 624 - 25.

3. Bao TR, GF Xu, Liu GT, et al. Comparison of the pharmacological effects of seven constituents isolated from the fruits of Schisandra. Acta Pharm Sinica 1979; 14: 1 - 7.

4. Jung KY, Lee IS, Oh SR, et al. Lignans with platelet activating factor ANTAGONIST activity from Schisandra chinensis (Turcz) Baill. Phytomer 1997; 4: 229 - 31.

5. J Hancke, Burgos R, C ~ ceres D, et al. Reduction of hepatic transaminases and serum CPK in sport horses with poor performance treated with a standardized Schizandra chinensis fruit extract. Phytomer 1996; 3: 237 - 40.

6. Foster S, Chongxi Y. Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1992, 146 - 52.

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