What is it?
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) indigenous to China, is a woody deciduous climbing vine with oval pink leaves and bright red berries. Chinese folklore says that Schisandra berries can "calm the heart and quiet the spirit." Its Chinese name is 'wu-wei-zi,' which means five taste fruit. It has a usually sour, sweet, bitter, warm, and salty taste, hence the name "five taste".
The berries of the Schisandra plant have been historically used for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance. Schisandra is also used for preventing early aging and increasing lifespan; normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure; and stimulating the immune system and speeding recovery after surgery.
Schisandra has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years to prolong life, retard the aging process, increase energy, fight fatigue, and as a sexual tonic. It is considered one of the most highly protective of all medicinal plants, and the berry is included in many traditional herbal formulas for improving energy and mental health.
Schisandra berry is widely considered to be a herbal adaptogen - a class of metabolic regulators (or a natural origin) which have been shown to increase the individual's resistance and adaptive ability with a broad spectrum of harmful stress factors of different physical, chemical, and biological natures.