Schisandra berries (wu wei zi) have a long history of use in Chinese medicine. Categorized as an astringent, their use goes far beyond just stopping diarrhea.
Here is a list of both ancient and modern uses for this unique herb:
- protection against brain damage – improves mental clarity, concentration, and coordination. It also reduces forgetfulness.
- antioxidant protection – helps the body create the universal anti-oxidant, glutathione. This substance helps stop and prevent free-radical damage in every cell in the body. It also supports the immune system.
- protection against liver toxins – can be used to help clear infectious hepatitis. When used this way it can bring liver enzyme levels back to normal in 25 days.
- stress reduction – schisandra is also a good adaptogen, meaning it helps the body respond more efficiently to stress. Relieves irritability, nervous exhaustion, stress, depression, and anxiety.
- improved breathing – unique among the astringent Chinese herbs, schisandra clears stuck phlegm from the lungs by transforming it into healthy fluids. It also helps regulate the breathing centers in the brain and stops coughing.
How much should someone take? The typical dose is 1.5 to 3 grams 3 times a day. Pregnant or lactating women should not take this herb.