schizandra fruit


Schizandra chinensis – berry

Schizandra is treasured in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is becoming increasingly popular in Western herbalism where it is known as hepatoprotective, useful for acute or chronic liver disease, chemical liver damage, poor liver function and improving the detoxifying ability of the liver. It is also used as an antioxidant, adaptogen, nervine tonic and mild antidepressant helpful for improving mental and physical performance, endurance and adaptation to stress. It is used for chronic cough and asthma due to its antitussive effects.


  • Anti-oxidant.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Hepatoprotective.
  • Immune modulating.
  • Nervine, sedative.


  • Mental and physical stress.
  • Oxidative stress, inflammatory disorders.
  • Liver toxicity, hepatitus & compromised liver function.
  • Hypercholesterolaemia.
  • Lowered immunity.
  • Memory impairment, dementia.
  • Insomnia.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers and gastritis.

Research in China and Russia has shown that Schizandra might cause transient gastrointestinal upset in some individuals.

Traditionally contraindicated in the early stages of cough or rash.

The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.

Schizandra chinensis 1:2. Each 1 ml contains 500mg of dry herb.

Liquid extract in 60% ethanol. Use 25 to 60 ml weekly.

Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.

A major adaptogen and liver tonic, Schisandra also exerts a protective effect against skin photoaging, osteoarthritis, sarcopenia, senescence, and mitochondrial dysfunction, and improves physical endurance and cognitive/behavioural functions, which can be linked with its general anti-aging potency.

Also used for menopausal symptoms, especially for hot flushes, sweating, and heart palpitations.

Combines with Rhodiola rosea and Eleutherococcus for pneumonia.