Schizandra BerriesSchisandra chinensis
Energetics: Warming, Moistening, Toning
Actions: Adaptogen (Helps body adapt to stress), Aphrodisiac (Increase libido), Nervine (Supports the nervous system)
Found in: Moon-a-pause
Native to the Mongolian region of China and Eastern Russia, Schisandra has been used for centuries in Asian medicine as a tonic to promote longevity and to assist the body’s adaptive responses to stress1. Sometimes referred to as the “Five Flavor Fruit”, the medicinal berries of the Schisandra vine contain all 5 flavors (Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Sour, and Salty), thereby bringing balance and rejuvenation to the body. This herb promotes libido and is known to bring balance and reconnection to sexuality during menopause2. It also supports the immune system, acting as a tonic against illness when taking regularly. As it brings vital life force energy, it can also feel slightly stimulating to the nervous system, likened to the high from coffee without the jitteriness. This herb of longevity and beauty is a powerhouse definitely worth experiencing.
- Lay, F. P. (2017). Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis). Women’s Health, 29, 05.
- Park, J. Y., & Kim, K. H. (2016). A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Schisandra chinensis for menopausal symptoms. Climacteric, 19(6), 574-580.