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Nutritional Supplements Library Schisandra

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Schisandra (Schizandra)

What is Schisandra?


Schisandra (Magnolia Vine) is a type of shrub commonly grown in gardens. It is a vine (climber plant) that grows naturally in regions of Northern China. Schisandra, also known as wu-wei-wi and sometimes spelled with a "z" (Schizandra) has a long history of use in ancient Chinese medicine as an herb capable of promoting general well-being and enhancing vitality.
The Schizandra vine reaches a length of up to twenty-five feet and thrives in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade, and the aromatic red berries are dried and used medicinally. Schisandra and its products originate from the red berries that grow on a vine belonging to the magnolia family (sometimes the leaves are used as well).The main compounds in Schisandra are lignans. These are responsible for much of the medicinal action ascribed to Schisandra.

What is the effective dosage of Schisandra supplementation?

The effective dosage of Schisandra is 200-800mg per day or 2-4 milliliters of tincture three times a day

What are the benefits of Schisandra supplementation?

• Schisandra is considered an adaptogen in that it improves the body's response to stress and boosts mood
• It promotes liver and kidney health, it can also be used for Hepatitis C. (The lignans in Schisandra are believed to regenerate liver tissue as well as increase the production of antioxidants (e.g. glutathione) in the liver.)
• It prevents adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
• It enhances aerobic capacity (stamina) and energy levels.
• It may aid with vision difficulties .
• It may have anti-HIV activity.

What are the side effects of Schisandra supplementation?

Schisandra is generally considered to be safe and non-toxic, although safety and toxicology studies have not been well publicized. Few reported side effects resulting from Schisandra ingestion include mild indigestion, loss of appetite, and skin rash.
• Pregnant or breast feeding women should not take this herb because schisandra may induce uterine muscle contractions.
• It should be avoided by individuals suffering from gallstones or blockages of the bile ducts, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, or high blood pressure.