Dried Schisandra berries (Schisandra sinensis)
Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 10 berrieseaten whole, or make a tea with 1-3g 1-3g dried berries to 200ml boiling water, infuse covered for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink up to three times a day.
Avoid during pregnancy and acute fevers.
Excessive doses taken long term may cause anxiety and insomnia, however no adverse effects are expected within dose range. Schisandra has a long history of consumption as a daily food.
Side effects in some individuals may be a skin rash and indigestion.
Part used: Berries
Habitat and Description: Schisandra is only one of three genera in the schisandraceae family with star anise as one of these close relatives. Schisandra is known as a culinary spice in it's native China, giving sweet, sour, salty, pungent and bitter flavours in one incredible fruit. The plant is a woody, deicduous climber with aromatic leaves (also used in cooking) and bright red berries about 6mm accross.
Folklore and History:
Constituents: Lignans (including schizandrin and gomisin), schisandrol, phytosterols (including beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol), antioxidants (including vitamin C and E), tannins, volatile oils
Actions: Nervine tonic, sedative nervine, adaptogenic, hepatoprotective (liver protective), choleretic, hepatorestorative (liver restorative), antidepressant, improve cognitive function, anti-inflammatory, strong antioxidant, expectorant, antitussive, resorative tonic, anti-fatigue, immune system modulator, aphrodisiac, cholagogue, stimulant
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