Botanical Name – Schizandra chinensis
Chinese Name – WU WEI ZI
English Name – Schizandra Berries
Schizandra chinensis (common name: magnolia-vine, Chinese magnolia-vine, schisandra), whose fruit is called magnolia berry or five-flavour berry, is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East.
The plant likes some shade with moist, well-drained soil.
Its Chinese name (five-flavour berry) comes from the fact that its berries possess all five basic flavours: salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy), and bitter.
Its berries are used in traditional medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Adaptogen – The berries are used as a general hepatoprotector, antioxidant and adaptogen. It is able to help the body resist the effects of anxiety and stress, plus bolster the body’s defences against disease.
Antioxidant – the Schisandra plant had a strong, antioxidant effect against toxic damage, and can assist in treatming liver damage in people with both acute and chronic hepatitis, a liver disease.
Cognitive – Studies have shown that Shizandra berries have a positive effect on brain function, in particular for treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This is due to its anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective effect upon microglial cells in the brain.
Immunostimulant – It can be used to tone and strengthen the immune system to increase physical performance and endurance and promotes recovery after surgery.
Nervine – Promotes vitality and increases memory and cognitive functions while providing resistance to stress. It is also a mild anti-depressant and stress reliever.
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