Schisandra chinesis berry

Schisandra chinesis: common names:Schizandra, Gomishi, Magnolia Vine, Schisandra Fruit, Wu-wei-zi, Fruit of Five Flavors, Sandra Berry Vine, Omicha. This vine is woody with numerous red berries and is found in China, Russia and Korea.  This herb has many uses including as a tonic for  the kidneys and lungs. It is also used to treat cough, night sweats, insomnia, thirst, physical exhaustion and has liver protecting attributes.  This herb has long been thought to increase stamina and physical endurance.  It is most commonly taken in powder form but can be taken in tonic form also.  The berries are thought to help the body utilize oxygen more effectively, which may help to improve physical endurance.

 

Contraindications: Pregnant women should not use this herb as it is a uterine stimulant. People with blockages of the bile ducts and or gallstones, peptic ulcers, high blood pressure or epilepsy should also avoid Schizandra.

 

Parts used: Berries

Scientific classification

Kingdom:    Plantae
(unranked):    Angiosperms
Order:    Austrobaileyales

Family:    Schisandraceae

Genus:    Schisandra

Species:    S. chinensis
Binomial name:   Schisandrachinensis

 

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