schisandra chinensis

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Originally from China, but can be grown anywhere. The “Five flavor berry” is known as a beauty enhancing herb that detoxifies and regenerates the liver and lungs, helps reproductive system, builds sexual fluids, moistens the skin, calms nervous system, helps eye conditions like astigmatism, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, eye fatigue, night blindness, improve peripheral vision, eye adaptation to the dark, strengthens adrenal glands. Liver healing qualities equivalent to milk thistle. Successfully used in China to treat hepatitis. Cough suppressant, regulates intestinal flora, helps restore proper water metabolism to the cells. Contains over 20 lignans that bind to carcinogenic substances and safely removes them from the body. Strong anti-oxidant. It’s a food as much as a medicine. Many claim it’s better than Gingko for an immediate memory boost. To help clean liver, it’s recommended to take a half a teaspoon of schizandra powder in your mouth and let it dissolve slowly over the next few minutes. It stimulates your liver to clean by raising levels of antioxidant glutathione in the liver to assist with detoxification and increases enzymatic metabolism of liver toxins, as well as increase production of digestive enzymes. Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, calcium, cobalt, chromium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, and saponins. The berries are the most popular used part, usually dried and made into powder or tea, but leaves and root can also be used. Do not use if pregnant.
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Pharmacology of Schisandra chinensis Bail: an overview of Russian research and uses in medicine.
Schisandra chinensis extract ameliorates nonalcoholic fatty liver via inhibition of endoplasmic reticulum stress.
Konishi, "Prevention of scopolamine-induced memory deficits by schisandrin B, an antioxidant lignan from Schisandra chinensis in mice," Free Radical Research, vol.
Composition and biological activity of different extracts from Schisandra sphenanthera and Schisandra chinensis. Planta Med 73, 1116-1126.
In berries of Schisandra chinensis, "irregular smooth" phytoliths are dominated (about 55%).
Kim, "Simultaneous determination of nine lignans using pressurized liquid extraction and HPLC-DAD in the fruits of Schisandra chinensis," Food Chemistry, vol.
Air dried Schisandra chinensis fruits were purchased from a herbal market (Kumho market, Seoul, Korea), and after grinding for 1 min, SC powder was boiled in distilled water (1:10) for 3 h.
regia (water and methanol extracts), Morus alba (water extract) and Schisandra chinensis (water extract) revealed strong scavenging activity against hydroxyl radical (HO*).
There are various herbs that can be used as adaptogens but the most common ones this paper will focus on are Withania somnifera (withania), Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng), Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng), Schisandra chinensis (schisandra), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Rhodiola rosea (rhodiola), Bacopa monniera (brahmi) and Centella asiatica (gotu kola).
Gomisin A from Schisandra chinensis Induces Endothelium-Dependent and Direct Relaxation in Rat Thoracic Aorta.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) has shown promising results in horses, indicating that human clinical trials might be worthwhile in terms of its physical performance-enhancing effects.
El 2005 en la Universidad de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Hong Kong, Chan et al., encontraron que la formula herbal de CKBM compuesta de cinco hierbas medicinales chinas (Panax ginseng, Schisandra chinensis, Fructus crataegi, Ziziphus jujube and Glycine max) suplementado con Saccharomyces cerevisiae procesada, fue capaz de iniciar la secrecion de IL6, IL10,TNF-[alfa]e IFN-[gamma] por celulas mononucleares de sangre periferica in vitro (Chan et al., 2005).