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Schisandra Chinensis, Schizandra, Schisandra Fruit, Wu Wei Zi

Schisandra Chinensis, Wu wei zi, schizandra, five flavor berry, fructus schisandra, gomishi, omicha, ngu mie gee, magnolia vine

Pinyin: Wu Wei Zi Latin: Schisandra Chinensis

Common Name

Wu wei zi, schizandra, five flavor berry, fructus schisandra, gomishi, omicha, ngu mie gee, magnolia vine

Family

Schisandraceae

Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Uses*

Derived from the fruit of the plant. This herb is used in traditional Chinese medicine for cough, wheezing, diarrhea and spontaneous sweating.*

Schisandra is also used as an adaptogen. Various lignans are believed responsible for the activity of schisandra, but limited research evaluates its mechanism of action. In animal models, schisandra protects the liver against various toxins (e.g. menadione), prolongs pentobarbital sleep time, and increases cardiac contractility without affecting blood pressure. In vitro studies have shown that schisandra has protective effects against adriamycin-induced cardiotoxicity. No human trials have been performed with this supplement. Although no drug interactions are reported, schisandra may induce cytochrome P450 and affect other metabolic pathways. No common adverse events are reported. Additional research is necessary to understand the efficacy and to uncover possible interactions associated with this supplement. Purported uses: Asthma, Cough, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Influenza, Liver disease, Premenstrual syndrome, Strength and stamina, Sweating.*

References

Sources: Schisandra Chinensis Wu Wei Zi Sloan Kettering Cancer Center



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