Schisandra chinensis

Schisandra - Schisandra chinensis (in the Schisandraceae family)

Part used: Fruit.

Taste/smell: Astringent, pungent, sour, bitter, salty and sweet.

Tendencies: Warming.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day; or eat the raw fruit.

Mental picture and specifics: Schisandra is indicated for weak lungs, digestion, liver and immune system with night sweats, prolonged diarrhea, productive coughs, amnesia and general overall weakness.

Use: (a) Antibacterial, (b) Anti-ulcer, (c) Adaptogen, (d) Hepatoprotective, (e) Immunomodulator, (f) Antioxidant, (g) Cholagogue.

It is used as a liver restorative, lung tonic and for immune system support. Schisandra increases brain efficiency, mental alertness, work capacity and builds strength. It is useful with insomnia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, asthma, night sweats, prolonged diarrhea and immunodeficient states.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.