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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.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz