Information on Schisandra

Latin NameSchisandra chinensis
Other NamesMagnolia vine
Part UsedFruit
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsEndocrine system, Immune system, Liver
CautionsA few reports of appetite suppression, stomach upset, and urticaria are recorded.
Botanical InfoA deciduous woody vine, related to the magnolias with bright red berries from the forests of northern China.
DescriptionBecause of its balanced flavor, containing all 5 flavors (sweet, sour, bitter, acrid, salty), schisandra fruits are recommended for mild digestive or liver disorders, especially when caused by stress or overwork. It is also used for people who are recovering from illness or who have depressed adrenal function due to stress. In Chinese medicine schisandra is used to nourish the adrenals, as an astringent for diarrhea and frequent urination, and to control sweating.
Schisandra is often blended with other "adaptogenic" herbs like eleuthero.

Schisandra has a taste of SOUR, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1-2 cups 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Schisandra

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Incontinenceastringenttincture, capsule, tea
Hepatitis, with jaundiceliver protectanttincture, tea, capsule
Adrenals, weakrestorativetincture, tea, capsule
Convalescence, from long-term illnessnourishing tonictincture, capsule, tea
Perspiration, excessiveastringent, kidney tonictea, capsules, tablets, tincture


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Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.