Schisandra Berry

 

 

  • * Schisandra, like many of the other foods and herbs in this book, have nearly a hundred studies or more proving its effectiveness. However since most of these studies are in Russian or Chinese, we remain unaware of the benefits of it and just dismiss it simply because “there’s no scientific evidence”.
  • An enormous amount of detailed information contained in a number of key articles in Russian remains relatively inaccessible to Western scientists.
  • The very name of Schizandra in Chinese, Wu Wei Zi, tells us a great deal about the qualities of this herb.  Wu Wei Zi means “Five Flavors Fruit.”  Due to the fact that Schizandra possesses all five of the classical “tastes” (sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty)
  • In Chinese medicine, Schizandra tonifies all 3 treasures**, enters all 12 meridians and nurtures all 5 elements.
  • The 3 Treasures are the 3 fundamental energies that make up life, the meridians are the energy channels that flow throughout the body, the 5 elements are the five energy states of nature (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal). In short, Schizandra is a rare herb that can actually benefit all the bodily functions and organs of the body, according to the traditional Chinese and Taoist health system.
  • It is used to support concentration, memory and alertness. Yet, unlike caffeine-like stimulants, Schizandra does not produce nervousness. In fact, some people consider Schizandra mildly “calming” while producing wakefulness and focus.
  • * Schisandra is a superior sex tonic. It can enhance genital sensitivity and feelings of pleasure, intensify orgasms and increase sex drive in both men and women. In men, It can significantly prolong intercourse and delay premature ejaculation.

 

 

Primary liver detoxifier

 

  • Schizandra has been shown to strengthen and protect the liver. It does this by detoxifying and rejuvenating this critical organ. There are two critical stages to the process of normal liver detoxification, known as Phase I and Phase II. In Phase I, a detoxifying agent goes into the liver and binds with toxins, releasing them from the liver and taking them into the bloodstream. Almost always, this newly bound toxic bundle is more toxic than the original toxin. This increased toxicity is known as bioactivation. Old toxins in their new bioactivated form re-exposures the body to these old toxins, and they will end up back in the liver again, or stored in other tissues.
  • During phase II of detoxification, the bioactivated toxins, which may be highly active, are safely cleared out of the body. This, of course, is the part we all want to happen in quick and efficient order. If the phase II process is weak, faulty or absent, all we’ve done is re-poison ourselves.
  • Schisandra is an extremely powerful herb for people who are recovering from addiction and abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as people who have inhaled toxins or ate a lot of toxic food for a long period of time as it cleanses the liver and helps remove toxins from the liver.
  • Many substances can go into the liver and release old toxins into the bloodstream, but that is all they do, and as a result the person goes through an increased toxic period. The so-called cleansing or healing crisis experienced by many people who go through various types of cleanses, is largely the result of bioactivated toxins wreaking havoc in the body. It is therefore very important to boost Phase II activity along with phase I.

 

  • “In studies of subjects suffering from chronic alcoholism, the subjects became calmer, more sociable and gregarious, free of emotional tension and anxiety, showed a willingness to work and presented a mood that was generally good, as a result of taking schisandra.” Maybe we now know of a better substitute for AA meetings and rehab centers.

 

  • Studies of Schisandra chinensiswere initiated in Russia during the Second World War by command of the People’s Commissar Council
  • Extensive research revealed, however, that extracts of Schizandra possessed important stimulatory effects, and on this basis Schisandra chinensisachieved recognition in the official medicine of Russia in the early 1960s. This is a big deal, because up until 1978, less than 60 plant-based preparations had been officially accepted into Russian medicine despite the existence of many plants with medicinal properties in Russia.
  • There are now technologies that allow the extraction of schisandra in such a way that it loses non of its benefit and the final product would be identical to the fresh fruit.
  • Schisandra is now being grown in the US and schisandra farms are emerging.
  • Many human studies have been done to study the effects of schisandra on vision and eye health. These studies have shown that Schizandra can support vision, even enlarging the field of vision, and can support hearing.
  • Schisandra is the Highest food source of the mineral Tin
  • Research and define Tin.

 

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/5336030_Pharmacology_of_Schisandra_chinensis_Bail._an_overview_of_Russian_research_and_uses_in_medicine/file/d912f50bc6e6e2911a.pdf

 

 

  • After taking schisandra, runners were asked to run a 1000 m course, and a positive effect on performance was observed in 60% of the runs, and the average improvement in run time for all runners was 4.45 s (Astanin et al., 1943). Administration of ethanol or caffeine prior to the 1000 m run resulted in a significant reduction in performance in comparison with the preliminary runs

 

  • In a study of sixty patients suffering from pneumonia, schisandra was shown to increase the quality-of-life and mental performance, and to expedite the recovery of patients.
  • Schisandra can be a powerful digestive aid and has been reported to strongly increase gastric secretion.

 

  • In another study, patients (n= 10) with astheno-depressive syndrome (ADS), characterised by sleepiness, flabbiness, inactivity, fatigue, blue mood, etc., attained full recoveries after 10 days of treatment with Schizandra

 

  • Schisandra eliminates the side effects of drugs such as antidepressants and tranquilizers. In one study, 54% of patients treated with amitriptyline developed side effects, while only 1.9% of the patients who also took schisandra developed similar effects.

 

  • An investigation of a group of 1200 patients over an 8 month period revealed that 1162 patients who took infusions of Schizandra leaves caught no colds, whereas 38 patients who terminated the medication typically contracted infectious respiratory diseases three or four times during the same period

 

In studies conducted during an influenza epidemic in 1969, it’s been reported that the administration of schisandra resulted in a significant decrease of up to 65% in the morbidity rate among school children and factory workers.

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