Schisandra is native to northern and northeastern China and eastern Russia. It is a deciduous wood vine that thrives on the edges of mixed forests, or on the banks of sandy brooks or streams. It likes dappled sunlight and well-drained soil. Schisandra plants are dioecious, meaning there are male and female plants. The female plants must be pollinated by pollen from the male plant. The leaves are oval shaped and pink in color. The plant produces bright red berries that are said to have all five flavors of Chinese medicine: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and acrid.
History and Folklore:
Chinese folklore says that Schisandra calms the heart and calms the spirit. It is considered a King remedy in Chinese Medicine because of its energetic balance. Russian hunters have consumed the berries for centuries as a way to fight off fatigue.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the ripe berries in the fall. Fast, conventional harvesting practices pull the entire vine down to the ground, and stripping off all of the berries.
Do not use while pregnant. Do not take if breastfeeding. Do not give to children.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Hepatic, Adaptogen, Nervine, Oxytotics, Antibacterial, Astringent, Cholagogue, Emmenagogue, Expectorant
Wu Wei Zi, Bei Wu Wei Zi, Nan Wu Wei Zi, Schizandra, Mongolia berry, Mongolia vine
Tincture Ingredients: Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis)
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