Latin:  Schisandra chinensis

Family:   Schisandraceae

Parts Used:  Berries

Taste/Energetics:  Sweet, sour, cooling, moistening

Properties:  Adaptogen, immunomodulator, hepatoprotective, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant,

Actions:  Known as five flavors fruit, schisandara has long been revered in traditional Chinese medicine for its general tonic and restorative properties.  Research has shown it improves cognitive acuity, memory, stamina, reduces fatigue and vulnerability to illnesses.  Schisandra is specifically known for its ability to protect the liver from damage and help regenerate liver cells. Schisandra is also knows as a circulatory stimulant and is used primarily in Korea as a tonic to improve cardiovascular function.

Dosage:  Most often used in tea formulas, standard decoction of 3-6 grams (2 tsp)  to 2x/day.  Traditionally infused into wines and taken liberally.  In powder form, it is increasingly being taken as a “superfood”, added to smoothies, etc. 1/2 -1 tsp to 2x/day.

Contraindications:  Avoid in pregnancy.