- Schisandra chinensis
± 60g - 70g
½ teaspoon once a day
up to 3 teaspoons for cronic ailments
Schisandra is an elite herb used since antiquity. Also known as the “five flavour fruit” or the “quintessence of tonic herbs” by Taoist masters. Schisandra is documented in early Chinese medical texts as a superior herb, capable of promoting overall well-being and enhancing bodily vitality. This rare berry was first documented in 2697 BCE - Schisandra was classified as superior by Pen-Tsao in the classic Yellow Emperor's Study of Inner Medicine.
Many stories are told of hunting tribes of Northern China who would take supplies of the dried berries whenever they went on long hunting trips during cold weather. Eating Schisandra berries helped them to stoke their internal fires and renew waining strength.
This potent medicine has also been used for centuries by monks to nourish their overall well being.
Schisandra is the only herb known to be perfectly Yin-Yang balanced, to contain all three Treasures (Jing, Qi and Shen), to nurture all five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) and to enter all twelve energy channels (meridians) of the human body. For this reason it is used in the Taoist practice known as the “foundation period.” This is the first 100 days of practice, which includes exercises, meditation, and the consumption tonic herbs. During the 100 day foundation period, it is tradition to consume schisandra berries every day. a monk cannot miss a day or they will have to start over. The results of this practice includes greater clarity, a stronger body, overt changes to skin and hair, brightening of the eyes, and the laying of the permanent foundation of the Three Treasures
Schisandra has long been used for a wide variety of ailments, including; respiratory diseases, asthma, insomnia, kidney problems and diarrhoea. Also classed as a herbal adaptogen, this berry can help combat fatigue under physical stress and increase endurance.
The Schisandra berries were also cherished by Chinese royalty for their beauty and anti-aging qualities. Packed with antioxidants, including key vitamins C and E, Schisandra’s strong astringent qualities enable the skin to hold in moisture for more fullness.
Schisandrins A, B, and C as well as schisandrol are are the major bioactive chemical compounds found in schisandra berries. Schisandrin B can have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s disease because of its ability to block formation of excess amyloid beta peptides in the brain - one of the components responsible for forming amyloid plaque found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Schisandrin B may also help against Parkinson’s disease. This is due to its anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective effect upon microglial cells in the brain. Schisandrin C on the other hand is effective against liver damage in people with both acute and chronic hepatitis.
When using schisandra, it is important that true schisandra is consumed. Many products sold are made with southern schizandra - Schisandra sphenanthera, which comes from China, but is the wrong species and has very weak action. We produce a true - schisandra chinensis powder as well as a hyro-ethanolic extract. Schisandra can also be found in our adaptogenic tincture.