DIY Health

Schisandra, medicinal plant


The schizandra is considered an aphrodisiac in northeastern China and Japan and combat cough, diarrhea, insomnia, and rashes.


  • Name:  Schisandra
  • Scientific name:  Schisandra chinensis
  • Part used: Fruits
  • Main components:  Phytosterols (stigmasterol and beta-sitosterol), lignans, volatile oils and vitamins C and E
  • Actions:  Antibacterial, astringent, tonic, aphrodisiac, circulatory and digestive stimulant, expectorant, hypotensive, sedative, and uterine stimulant


The Schisandra is a deciduous, and climber of solitary flowers that appear at the end of summer. It usually reaches 8 m in height. Its leaves are green and pointy and ovate and can reach 15 m in length. If you scratch its stem, the Schisandra gives off an intense aroma similar to that of the lime. The berries are called  Wu wei zi in mandarin, which means “seed of five flavors” because, between the pulp, the skin and the seeds combine the five classic flavors that identify traditional Chinese medicine.

How to use it

The Schisandra can be taken in decoction by taking 1 cup of standard decoction with a pinch of ginger powder 2 times a day for coughing and wheezing or wheezing. For insomnia, take 1/2 to 1 cup without the ginger before going to bed. In a tincture , 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of water are taken 3 times daily as a liver stimulant. You can also dilute 30 ml of tincture in 300 ml of water to obtain a lotion for irritated skin and rashes.

Another use of the Schisandra is a tonic wine, for which you have to put 115 g of berries in a container and cover them with 600 ml of rice wine. Then, you have to cover it and leave it in a cool place for a month, stirring the mixture from time to time. Strain it and take a daily dram as a tonic or to improve sexual energy. It is also traditional to eat several berries every day for 100 days as a general tonic.

How to grow it

This plant of Chinese origin is not likely to be found outside of its native habitat, although it is cultivated as an ornamental garden plant. Prefers rich, well-drained and humid soils next to a fence that protects and gives shade. To grow the Schisandra, put some mature seeds in cold bedding in the fall and wait for it to take hold and take strength before transplanting them outside. Place it next to a fence or fence and eliminate unwanted outbreaks in late winter. Collect the fruits after the first frosts and let them dry in the sun.

Warning:  Avoid during pregnancy or during syndromes that produce fever and sweating. In high doses can cause heartburn.

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