Schizandra Facts and Information

Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis) is a unique-looking vine with small reddish berries that grows naturally in regions of Northern China. In ancient China, schizandra was a common food product for the hunting and gathering tribes. As a traditional Chinese medicine, schizandra, also known as Wu-wei-tzu, has been employed as an astringent for dry cough, asthma, night sweats, nocturnal seminal emissions, and chronic diarrhea. Some Chinese also use schizandra as a tonic for alleviating chronic fatigue. There are on significant studies to support the use of Schizandra for any of these conditions. Schizandra should not be used by pregnant women and should be avoided by individuals suffering from peptic ulcers, epilepsy, or high blood pressure.