1. History and use
Schisandra is grown in northeastern China, in the provinces of Jilin, Lianoning, Heilongjang and Hebei, and is propagated by sowing in the spring. The fruit is harvested in full maturity in autumn.
2. Description of the plant
Excellent fortifiant, schisandra is one of the main tonic Chinese herbs.It is very effective in times of stress, it gives back energy. The berries tone the kidneys and sexual organs, protect the liver, strengthen the nervous system and purify In Chinese, it means “five fragrant plants”, because it recalls the flavor of the five elemental energies.Taste is sour and salty.
3. Curative action
Schisandra is a powerful tonic that strengthens and tones many organs.
- Sexual stimulant
Probably better known as a sexual stimulant, both male and female, schisandra is known to increase sexual secretions, and in humans it also improves libido.
- Liver Remedy
Schisandra protects the liver and is therefore used in the treatment of hepatitis and liver function.
- Mental Disorders and Emotivity
In China, schisandra berries are traditionally prescribed to treat neurosis and are also recommended to improve concentration, memory loss and irritability.
- Regulation of secretions
Schisandra is prescribed to tone and strengthen the renal functions, regulates secretions of the body making it an effective remedy for night sweats, to quench thirst and reduce the frequent urge to urinate.
Recently, schisandra has been recommended in China for the treatment of urticaria and other skin conditions, including eczema, in which case it is prescribed as a medicinal wine.
- Other Uses
Schisandra is used to treat many ailments, including diarrhea and dysentery, and also to impair vision and hearing.
Decoction: In case of coughing and shortness of breath, prepare a decoction with 5 g crushed berries in 100 ml of water and drink in 3 doses for a period of 24 hours.