Written By Liz Oakes
The schizandra berry is known as one the adaptogenic herbs that is helpful to aid the body to deal with stress.
It is beneficial to assist health issues that are related to stress, and it has a good effect to assist those with depression both physically and emotionally.
This herb has quite a few powerful actions in the body, including increasing your stamina and endurance physically.
It is well known for its action to aid stress, and is also a good herb to help the liver to heal.
This herb is a natural health remedy that is known to help fatigue by energizing the DNA and helping to build vigor and strengthen the cells and body tissues.
This adaptogenic herb is an excellent antioxidant, and its qualities will aid your cognitive powers and ability to think clearly and may increase your memory.
If you have trouble sleeping, using this herb is a natural health approach that may help you, especially if your insomnia is stress related.
The schizandra berry is the fruit of a herb with the botanical name Schisandra chinensis. This herb is known by a number of names including Chinese magnolia vine, as well as gomishi in Japan, omija in Korea and wu wei zi in China.
The spelling schizandra is now more common, although it may also be seen as both schisandra and shisandra. The berries are dried for use in herbal medicine.
The schizandra berry is the fruit of a woody vine that predominantly grows in east Asia, in an area of north eastern China. There is also one variety that grows in eastern USA. The schizandra berry is highly regarded by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, and is a good general tonic.
The Chinese name wu wei zi means 5 flavors fruit, because in the traditional Chinese medicine they say that this herb embodies all five flavor groups, sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty.
Their medical lore teaches that the peel and the flesh of the fruit is both sweet and sour, the seed is both pungent and bitter and the whole fruit is salty.
It is one of the adaptogenic herbs, and in common with other adaptogens, the active ingredients contained in the schizandra fruit will help to support your capacity to counteract the effects of stress and fatigue.
The action of this herb is quite calming as it's action helps to relieve anxiety, and this makes it one of the natural insomnia remedies.
It can be used to assist the healing of a number of the issues caused by stress. This includes adrenal gland exhaustion, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, palpitations and sweating profusely.
Many people do not know that stress affects your health, and are not aware that stress can cause many of these quite serious health issues.
This herb is known to help you if you have adrenal exhaustion, as it works by supporting the improvement of the health of the adrenal glands, and thereby helps to correct symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Many of these are symptoms commonly caused by emotionally based stress. Schizandra berry can be used to aid adrenal fatigue syndrome, which is often caused, or made worse by chronic stress.
It is also known to calm restless legs syndrome. At the same time it is a stimulant of mental activity, and is known to aid your performance mentally.
It will also help to normalize blood pressure and will help to raise low blood pressure, as well as being beneficial to aid ADHD in adults.
Schizandra is not quite as strong as either Panax ginseng or eleuthero root, known in the past as Siberian ginseng, but it is known to be a good, safe alternative.
If you have been experiencing chronic stress symptoms, you may find that your immune system is now less able to fight infection.
Schizandra berry has a good action to aid the part of the immune system most commonly effected by ongoing chronic stress.
This herb is helpful to assist a number of health issues that are related to both immune health and long term chronic stress
This includes colds and flu symptoms, and its is also beneficial to help to enhance your immune system health.
Chronic fatigue syndrome may also be associated with chronic stress. If your chronic fatigue is related to protracted and long-lasting stress, you may suffer from other health problems.
Some of its active ingredients are known to reverse depression of the central nervous system. Health issues as anxiety, depression, even fear or anger, are all problems that are known to be helped by using remedies based on the schizandra berry.
The schizandra berry has a good anti inflammatory action and may aid inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, heart disease and diabetes.
One of the naturally occurring chemicals in it, gomisin A, blocks the production of a fatty acid called arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is used in the body to make leukotrienes, which cause inflammation.
The role of gomisin A is to block the production of arachidonic acid, and to help to prevent damage to the liver and the destruction of liver tissues. It does not stop the immune systems ability to fight infection, but in fact enhances it.
The schizandra berry is also hepatoprotective and is useful to protect the liver from the effects of toxins. This includes chemicals that can damage the liver. It is known to assist the liver to produce hepatic glutathione.
Glutathione peroxidase is beneficial to help to heal liver damage that may have been caused by chronic viral hepatitis or HIV Aids and it will stimulate liver regeneration.
This anti aging herb also has a role in the body to deactivate free radicals that can attack your liver cells. Free radicals cause damage to cells throughout the body and this is a major cause of aging. By preventing oxidative damage to cells this may aid longevity.
As the body begins to switch some of its activity from catabolic activity (where the cells deteriorate) to anabolic activity (where the cells begin to be build up) you will begin to feel more youthful and your health may improve.
As the use of schizandra berry may increase the flow of bile, it should not be used by anyone who has gallstones or blockages of the bile ducts.
This herb will stimulate the uterus so do not use if pregnant, as it could induce labor. If you have high blood pressure, peptic ulcers or epilepsy do not use this herb.
Although schizandra has a preventative role to assist the immune system, traditional Chinese medicine warns not to use it to treat acute viral or bacterial infections, such as acute influenza, pneumonia or bronchitis.
Please check with your doctor before using it if you are taking any drugs at all, to see if it is advisable for you to use it. It is known to increase the effect of barbiturates, and increase the effect of benzo-diazepine tranquilizers such as Librium or Valium.
This may allow patients to take lower doses of drugs that are known to be addictive. Check with your doctor to discuss this if you are taking these drugs, as this herb may aid you to cut down the amount of the drugs you are taking.
One of the effects of chronic stress, which causes high levels of cortisol to be circulating in your system is an increase of fat around the belly as well as a number of other health problems.
Schizandra berry can be helpful to aid you to lose weight as it may help to regulate your blood sugar as well as enhance your digestion.
It is beneficial to use this herb with other adaptogens for aiding weight loss, including reishi mushroom, eleuthero root, licorice root, Panax ginseng, American ginseng, cordyceps and rhodiola rosea root.