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Schizandrae - Wu Wei Zi  
and its Powerful Tonic Effects

The very name of Schizandra; "Wu Wei Zi", reveals the qualities of this amazing herb. In the Chinese language, Wu Wei Zi means "Five Taste Fruit."  When consumed, you can literally taste all five flavors at once (sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty) This relates to the essence of all five of the elemental energies (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), and therefore addresses the five major organ systems of the body.  

Schizandra also develops the primary energies of life by addressing all 5 elements and all three of "The Three Treasures."  
This is of course of great benefit to the body! 
Shizandrae's Adaptogenic Qualities:

Schizandra is considered to be one of the premier adaptogen herbs. Like Ginseng, Acanthopanax, Gynostemma, He Shou Wu, Reishi Mushrooms and many others, Schizandra increases resistance of the body and mind against nonspecific stimuli. It can protect the body from damage due to extreme or chronic stress. In particular, it can protect the liver and adrenals and prevent atrophy due to extreme stress.

This safe yet very powerful tonic herb has calming energies and possesses    some pain-alleviating properties yet it is also considered a central nervous system stimulant. This testifies to its broad range of balance through out the entire body. In fact Wu Wei Zi is considered to be one of the best tonics for the mind used to sharpen concentration, improve memory and increase alertness. However, unlike many central nervous system  stimulants, Schizandra does not produce nervousness at all. Many people consider Schizandra mildly "calming" while still producing wakefulness and improved focus.

One of the things I always loved about it in my clinical practice was that it can boost the desperately needed immune factors in auto-immune diseases without igniting the immune system at all.
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Shizandrae's Effects on Skin and Beauty:

Schizandrae is often used to both beautify the skin and to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and wind. Due to the astringent quality of Schizandra, the skin tends to hold its moisture much better and becomes full and beautiful. It is said in China that those who use Schizandra consistently will remain youthful in appearance and in general strength and vitality. This has been believed to be a fact for centuries.

Schizandra is always the "key" found in any of the classic TCM formulas for beauty.  It has been demonstrated to generate vitality and radiant beauty when used regularly for some time. If used for about 100 days successively.

Schizandrae is demonstrated to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the Kidney energy and improve the sexual energy and functions in both men and women. Through it’s wonderful tonic effect on the lungs it can cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful with a very noticeable healthy underlining pink tone.

Its astringent effect helps to lessen wrinkles of skin and provide a firm yet soft touch. It can also greatly benefit the hair and nails and is wonderful for this when combined with my personal favorite tonic herb, He Shou Wu.  


Schizandra is also one of the primary cleansing tonic herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Along with Reishi Mushroom, it is one of  the primary liver cleansing agents used in China. Schizandra does not have the mechanical colon cleansing side effects that are associated with many of the American "medicinal," or other liver cleansing herbs yet it is demonstrated that by taking Schizandra regularly, one can rid the body of toxins before they have a chance to do serious damage. The alcohol extracts of Schizandra are shown to protect the liver from damage due to the toxic world we all live in. (Alcohol is so useful in carrying healing herbs to the liver for many of the same reasons that its abuse is so harmful to the liver)

Chemical “Scientific” Knowledge:
Although I do not consider the breaking down of molecular components useful for anything but “pharma-interest”, here are the Chemical findings:

The fruit of Schizandra chinensis contains numerous lignin’s, schizandrins A, B and C, deoxyschizandrin, g-schizandrin, pseudo-g-schizandrin, schizandrol and Schizandra esters. Fructus Schizandra contains approximately 3% volatile oil. It also contains vitamins C and E, citral, b-sitosterol and citric acid.  Remember, these are all they can identify. There are likely thousands of others.

True Useful Scientific Findings:
Schizandra  has been found to induce the production in human beings of g-interferon
Schizandra has been demonstrated in laboratory animals and in humans to have a stimulant action on the central nervous system. The herb works directly on the nervous tissue. Many studies now indicate that Schizandra actually has a powerful balancing, or regulating, action on the central nervous system. It can result in accurate and optimal balancing between the excitatory and inhibitory control functions of the cerebral cortex.

It has been demonstrated that human intellectual activity can be enhanced and work efficiency increased by consuming Schizandra. Various tests have shown that moderate therapeutic doses of Schizandra can improve various activities requiring concentration, fine coordination, sensitivity and endurance. The tests in humans confirming Schizandra’s efficacy in these areas range from threading needles to running marathons.

Human studies have also shown that Schizandra can improve vision, even enlarging the field of vision, and can improve hearing. It also improves the discrimination ability of the skin receptors. It has been determined that this increased sensitivity is due to improved function of the central nervous system’s ability to analyze data flowing to it from the peripheral sensors.

Schizandra has been shown to have significant respiratory strengthening capacity. It can cause the breathing to be both deeper and more powerful. Schizandra also has significant expectorant and antitussive action.

 Schizandra has been shown to have significant hepatic protective effects. It can promote the regeneration of liver tissue, and promotes protein synthesis, nucleic acid synthesis. It is believed that the protective action of Schizandra is partly due to its ability to promote the regeneration of mitochondria in hepatic cells. Also, it can improve the function of the cell membrane, lowering its permeability which in turn minimizes enzyme leakage into the blood stream.

It can reduce elevated SGPT in patients with chronic hepatitis. In a clinical study conducted in China, more than 5000 people suffering from various types of hepatitis were given Schizandra and the results were very good. The aggregate effective rate was 84-97.9%. SGPT was normalized in about 75% of the cases.
In another clinical study, Schizandra was proved to be very effective in treating various neurotic symptoms, including insomnia, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, palpitations and nocturnal emission. It has even been used in cases of psychosis, with symptoms of hallucination, paranoia and neurosis, with good results
Yes, our tinctures and liquid extracts are made with alcohol.

4 Oz. Bottle Shizandrae $29.95

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