This blog, we are going to focus on one of the most useful and interesting herbs in the materia medicia – Schizandrae.
Schizandrae has a long, extensive history of treatment, dating back some 2000 years. Out of the thousands of herbs available, Schizandrae is the only herb that contains all five flavors – sour, sweet, spicy, salty and bitter. Because of this it is one of the very few herbs that has a positive effect on all of the systems and organs in the body. Let us take a look at some of the major uses of the fruit:
1.For individuals with weak lungs and/or kidneys, this is one of the most effective herbs. It is used to stop coughing and wheezing, and prevents the energy from “leaking” from the lungs themselves.
2. For acute and chronic digestive problems, it is also quite effective.
3. Stops excessive sweating. There are a number of people who suffer from night sweats and other spontaneous sweating conditions. They are caused by a weakness of the lungs and the kidney energy. Schizandrae is useful to prevent such sweating and weakening of the individual.
4. Perhaps its most effective use is to calm the Spirit. Anxiety, depression, worry or nervousness is considered a disruption of the Spirit and this herb is used to stabilize and balance the energy of the Spirit. When the energy is calm and balanced, the psyche (emotions) will in turn calm. On the flip side, when creativity or compassion is desired, this is the herb used to trigger such emotional responses. Western medicine has shown Schizandrae to be effective with the following:
a. Strengthens and quickens reflexes and increases work efficiency.
b. Improves memory.
c. Stimulates respiration and is effective in cases involves wheezing or asthma.
d. Decreases blood pressure and improves the cardio vascular system.
e. Increases visual acuity.
f. Significantly improves liver functioning in individuals with hepatitis.
This is an herb, Schizandra, I have used frequently with patients over the years. The primary use has been to reduce anxiety and improve creativity. It is very safe and can be used on a regular basis.