Schisandra is widely farmed in China, particularly the northeastern part of the country. It is most commonly found in Lianoning, Hebei, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces and is grown by sowing seeds. The seeds are sown in spring and the schisandra fruit is reaped in autumn after it is completely mature.
Schisandra or schizandra is the dehydrated mature fruits of a herb known as Schisandra chinensis and belongs to the Schisandraceae family. Although this vine is indigenous to China, this is one of the old herbal medicines raised from the oblivion by the American herbal medicine industry. Ancient Chinese described the herb as a stimulant, astringent, antiseptic and many other things. They have used schisandra traditionally to heal various ailments, and lately Chinese physicians have begun to apply schisandra as a remedy for hepatitis. A number of scientific researches conducted on the herb have revealed its active ingredients that are known to have liver-protective properties.
Taking a cue from the Chinese, now even the herbal practitioners in the West have begun to realize the medicinal value of schisandra. They have hailed the herb as an effective ‘adaptogen’, a mediator that helps in enhancing the body’s defiance against diseases, anxiety, stress, and weaknesses as well as many other devastating physical conditions. Now scientists as well as physicians emphasize that ‘schisandra is highly beneficial in enhancing energy levels, refill and nurture the viscera, perk up eyesight, improve the activities of the muscles and also influence the energy cells throughout the body’. So much so, that one company marketing herbal medicines containing schisandra has claimed that their product can also prevent untimely aging. And another company claims that is product prepared from the herb not only enables people to lead a healthy and energetic life, but also increases their existence!
Schisandra is a significant herbal remedy that acts as a stimulant all over the body. It helps in rejuvenating as well as conditioning different organs, especially the liver and the reproductive system. Schisandra is perhaps the most popular sex stimulant or tonic that is beneficial both for men and women. The herb has a reputation to enhance discharge of sexual fluids and is also used as a remedy to increase sexual vigor amongst men. Schisandra and/ or its extracts are widely used to heal hepatitis as well as improve the functioning of the liver.
Even though schisandra is considered and used as a stimulant, the Chinese use the herb to smoothen anxiety as well as quiet heart palpitations. Schisandra is also used for healing insomnia as well sleeping complaints. In fact, the herb is an ideal example of how adaptogenic thymes are used paradoxically to heal different body disorders and also to normalize the body activities. Although, most researches on schisandra are said to be vague and still in preliminary stage, Chinese herbal practitioners have been conventionally using the herb’s berries to heal mental disorders like neuroses. Apart from treating patients suffering from lack of memory and bad temper, they use schisandra to improve concentration as well as mental harmonization. It may be noted that these treatments are carried following researches on the substance by their scientists
Among other uses, schisandra is also used to heal the respiratory disorders like unceasing coughs, gasps and succinctness of breath. It is also useful for treating disorders like night panics, dehydration and urinary occurrence by tuning up the body system and kidney activities. Since the last few years, Chinese herbal practitioners have even begun to use schisandra to cure urticaria or hives and many dermal disorders like eczema. In such cases, the herb or its derivatives are administered to the patients in the form of remedial wine. In addition, schisandra is also used to cure numerous other physical problems like diarrhea, dysentery and even help to restore and improve deteriorating vision and sound perception.
Among other things, schisandra is also claimed to be beneficial against premenstrual disorder. It is also said to be helpful in arousing immune protection, facilitate recuperation after surgeries, add stability to body functions, regulate the body mechanisms, shield against radiation and infections, protect against motion sickness, stabilize the blood sugar and blood pressure, provide additional energy during anxiety and tensions as well as improve the vigor. The herb also has beneficial effects in lowering cholesterol levels, protection from diseases, invigorate the RNA-DNA molecules to reconstruct cells, enhance the fitness of the adrenals as well as generate power in the body akin to that in the youthful sportsperson.