Schisandra berries are a DELICIOUS warming adaptogen. Also known as the five flavor berry, each berry consists of every flavor in the TCM flavor wheel: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, and bitter. Each flavor is said to work on a different part of the body, so it is said that schisandra works on the WHOLE body. In TCM, this berry works on all of the energy centers in the body.
Adaptogens help us to 'adapt' by modulating our stress responses so that we can exist in a 'rest and digest' mode instead of the 'fight or flight' most of us spend the majority of our time in. Adaptogens are tonic herbs, generally safe for most everyone, and can be worked with long term. Each adaptogen also has it's own individual additional benefits as well.
Studies have shown that schisandra can help improve focus, coordination, and endurance, reducing fatigue and increasing work quality (Romm, 2010). Schisandra also is a powerful antioxidant and may hve the following actions:
- digestive bitter
- immune tonic
- nervous system nourishing and restorative
- respiratory protective
- may have a balancing effect on reproductive hormones
These statements have not been approved by the FDA, and are not intended to prevent, treat or cure any disease.
"Schisandra is generally regarded as safe. Some people with a hot pitta type constitution should avoid schisandra as it can be too warming to already hot systems. It may interfere with opiates and warfarin, counteracting their effectiveness or removing them from the system more quickly than the medication is intended. Schisandra may increase uterine contractions so it is not recommended for use during pregnancy until it is time for labor. There is no breastfeeding data but most herbalists consider it generally safe for breastfeeding. As always, seek the advice of a botanically knowledgeable healthcare professional if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have other health conditions or on medications"(Gardener, 2013).