Tonic – Schisandra is a major tonic herb and acts throughout the body, strengthening and toning many different organs.
Sexual stimulant – Probably best known as a sexual tonic for both men and women, schisandra reputedly increases the secretion of sexual fluids and, in men, it also improves sexual stamina.
Liver treatment herb – Schisandra has proven benefits for the liver, and is used in the treatment of hepatitis and poor liver function.
Sedative – Although a stimulant, schisandra is used in Chinese medicine to “quiet the spirit and calm the heart.” It is given for insomnia and dream disturbed sleep, and is a fine example of how adaptogenic herbs often work in apparently contradictory ways to restore normal body function.
Mental & emotional remedy – In China, schisandra berries have traditionally been prescribed to treat mental illnesses such as neuroses. They are also given to improve concentration and coordination, and are a traditional remedy for forgetfulness and irritability. Schisandra’s effectiveness for treating these problems has now been borne out by research.
Respiratory infections – Schisandra is used in the treatment of respiratory infections such as chronic coughs, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
Balancing fluid levels – Schisandra is used to tone up and strengthen kidney function and to help the body to balance levels of fluid, making it helpful for treating night sweats, thirst, and urinary frequency.
Skin rashes – Recently, Chinese herbalists have started to use schisandra to treat urticaria (hives) and other skin problems, including eczema. It is usually given for these conditions in the form of a medicinal wine.
Additional uses – Schisandra is used for a wide variety of other physical disorders, including diarrhea and dysentery, as well as to help improve failing sight and hearing.
Side effects involving schisandra are uncommon but may include abdominal upset, decreased appetite, and skin rash