Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis) of the family Schizandraceae is a creeping vine with small red berries and native to Northern China. In ancient China, people used Schizandra as a staple food for hunting and gathering tribes. As a traditional medicinal herb, Schizandra, was used as an astringent and as a treatment for dry cough, asthma, night sweats, nocturnal seminal emissions, chronic diarrhea and chronic fatigue. During the early 1980's Chinese doctors began researching Schizandra as a treatment for hepatitis, based on its potential for liver-protective effects.
The active ingredient in Schizandra appears to be various lignans, mainly schizandrins. These lignans have been found to prevent liver damage, stimulate liver repair, and stimulate normal liver functioning. These properties appear to be related to the various antioxidant abilities of the various Schizandrins. Schizandra also helps in digestion, regulating gastric acid release. Other studies have shown that extracts of Schizandra are stimulating to the central nervous system and are cholinergic. There have been numerous reports on Schizandra's ability to quicken reflexes, increase work efficiency, control anger and combat neurasthenias (headaches, insomnia, dizziness, palpitations). Schizandra is a very powerful immune system booster that helps the body deal with stress. It also assists in stimulating circulation and increasing the body's resistance to disease. Schizandra is also being studied for cognitive effects.
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