Schisandra Chinensis is a magnolia berry-bearing plant. The berries are adaptogenic and are characterized by five tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, and bitter. The plant is useful in the medicinal industry in both Russia and Asia. Its seeds contain lignans, substances which are rich in healthy beneficial effects on qi (what Eastern medicinal practitioners think of as your life force or body energy).

Schisandra has long been thought to have a healing effect on several body pathways, including the kidneys, lungs, and the heart.

Forms of Schisandra

Schisandra is an extract of the magnolia berry and exists as Schisandrins A, B, and C,  bioactive chemical compounds ingested as a supplement in liquid, pill or powdered forms. The fruit can be dried and eaten or taken as a juice.

Users should follow dosage recommended on the packages.

What are the Benefits?

As an adaptogen, Schisandra is a potent general tonic for relieving a wide range of health disorders.

1. Alzheimer’s Disease

Schisandrin B can prevent glut production of the brains amyloid beta peptides. The peptides are known to form amyloid plaque substance found in the brain of Alzheimer patients.

Studies indicate that Schisandrin B has an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective effect on the brain’s microglial cells.

2. Liver Disease

Extracted pollen from the Schisandra plant has an antioxidant effect on the liver. People who suffer from cirrhosis or acute or chronic hepatitis take Schisandrin C to prevent Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is characterized by an unhealthy presence of fatty acids and inflammation.

Schisandrin B is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent that reduces the fatty acids and swelling in the liver.

3. Menopause

Schisandra fruit extract heals and alleviates cardiovascular symptoms related to menopause such as hot flashes and heart palpitations.

Susceptibility to heart disease increases in menopausal women. Schisandra reduces the symptoms of menopause by increasing women’s cardiovascular health.

4. Depression

Recent animal studies show that Schisandra extract has an antidepressant effect.  However, Schisandra and its impact on depression are yet to undergo sufficient exploration in human test studies.

5. Stress Reduction

Schisandra has been proven to be an excellent stress-reducing herb. If one is stressed, cortisol is released, which over the long term causes a suppressed immune system and cardiovascular diseases.

Individuals using Schisandra can use it to treat stress-related issues. The herb’s adaptogenic properties reduce the detrimental effects of high cortisol levels thus easing stress.

The Takeaway

Schisandra has long been used as medicine throughout Asia and Russia to reduce body toxins and to treat symptoms of menopause.

There are several ongoing studies on its use that must go forward before it is finally given approval for this purpose.