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What is Schizandra?

Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis) of the family Schizandraceae is a creeping vine with small red berries that is native to Northern China. In ancient China, Schizandra was used as a staple food for hunting and gathering tribes.

As a traditional medicinal herb, Schizandra, called Wu-wei-tzu in China, has been used as an astringent for a treatment for dry cough, asthma, night sweats, nocturnal seminal emissions and chronic diarrhea. It is also used as a tonic for the treatment of chronic fatigue.

During the early 1980's Chinese doctors began researching Schizandra as a treatment for hepatitis, based on its potential for liver-protective effects and the nature of its active constituents. Schizandra is now a recognized "adaptogen," capable of increasing the body's resistance to disease, stress, and other debilitating processes.

In Asia, the schizandra adaptogenic property is said to stimulate immune defenses, balance body function, normalize body systems, help surgery recovery, protect against radiation, counteract the effects of sugar, optimize energy in times of stress, increase stamina, protect against motion sickness, normalize blood sugar and blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol, shield against infection, improve the health of the adrenals, energize RNA-DNA molecules to rebuild cells and produces energy comparable to that of a young athlete.

The schizandra herb is highly prized by Chinese women as a sexual enhancer and youth tonic. Schizandra is believed to preserve beauty and is a mild sedative. Schizandra is also reputed to increase sexual stamina among men.

Until recently coveted by the wealthy and a favorite among the Chinese emperors. Schizandra is also considered an adaptogen, and similar to ginseng, it is believed to increase stamina and fight against fatigue.

Other Likely benefits of Schizandra:
Increases protective functions (immune system protector)
Stimulates and tones central nervous system
Anti-atherosclerotic activity
Improves eyesight
Combats effects of physical and mental
over exertion
Combats sleeplessness
Improves sexual activity
Widely used in Japan, China and Russia to combat fatigue

Nature's Way's Schizandra

Solaray's Schizandra

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