Schisandra is an adaptogen that is native to northern and northeastern China. Its name comes from the fact that its berries possess all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy), and bitter. The Schisandra berries are used in traditional chinese medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs.
Schisandra is classified as an “adaptogen” because it increases resistance to disease and stress. It works to balance hormones naturally and therefore improves the ability to deal with stressors, both physical and psychological. It has also been traditionally used to increase energy, physical performance and endurance.
It is also well know for its prowess in preventing early aging and increasing lifespan. Different cultures have had different uses for Schisandra. Just look at the impressive list of conditions addressed by this amazing herb:
- Normalizes blood sugar and blood pressure
- Stimulates the immune system
- Liver detoxing and hepatitis (The Chinese have developed a liver-protecting drug called DBD that is made from schisandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra.)
- Lowers cholesterol
- Asthma and chronic cough
- Improves sleep
- Helps relieve nerve pain
- Prevents night sweats
- Stops chronic diarrhea
- Erectile dysfunction
- Excessive urination
- Depression and irritability
- Protects against memory loss
- Improves vision
- Relieves adrenal fatigue
Historically, schisandra was consumed as a tonic in tea form, but today you can find it in capsules and herbal beverages, which makes it easier than ever to use. Because it is an adaptogen, it can be taken long term without any negative side effects or risks. In fact, it’s believed to work better and better the longer you take it, just like many other natural adaptogens.
Schisandra berries may have five flavors, but it has at least 5 times that many health benefits. Schisandra…an adaptogen for everyone!