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Latin (botanical) name: Schizandra chinensis
Common names: Magnolia Vine, Japanese Gomishi, Korean Omicha, Fruit Of Five Flavors, Wu Wei Zi, O Mi Cha
Plant Description: Schizandra is a climbing vine with small red berries. It is a member of the Magnolia family with many variants growing in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and other areas of the United States. It is found also in many regions of China, Korea, Japan and is found in adjacent areas in Russia.
Medicinal Properties &Uses: Schizandra Berry is commonly used in Chinese medicine for conditions such as insomnia, hepatitis and allergic skin reactions. In the days of the Dynasties in China, these berries were valued for their ability to maintain a youthful appearance. Schizandra is known as a sexual tonic, and females in the royalty prized them because they moisturized and sensitized the genitalia. Apart from it's use in increasing sexual stamina and preserving a radiant youthfulness currently, Schizandra has no adverse side effects and actually has a positive cumulative effect. As an adaptogen, the long term benefits are the ability to resist stress, heightened resistance to disease, and an overall strengthened constitution. Schizandra has been shown to protect the liver through regeneration and detoxification. Metabolic activity is increased due to an increase of hepatic glycogen content. Research has proven Schizandra's ability to stimulate gastro-intestinal tract, central nervous system, liver, kidneys and adrenals, lungs, and immune system. This herb has antioxidant properties which prove to be an effective treatment against chronic coughs, excessive sweating, irritability, and vaginal discharge. It has also been used in respiratory, genito-urinary, and digestive system disorders. Clinical studies show Schizandra to have positive effects on emotional stability by stimulating portions of the central nervous sytem. It has been shown, also, to strengthen and quicken reflexes and increase efficiency in stress-related tests. Conditions such as insomnia, mental fatigue, and memory problems have improved with the use of Schizandra, as well as improvements with concentration.
Dosage: 30-60 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily or as needed. Shake well before using.
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.
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