One of the foundation herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, schisandra (schisendra-chinensis) has been considered an energy tonic of hundreds of years. In traditional Chinese medicine, schisandra is used for chronic diarrhoea, chronic cough, night sweats, impotence, and poor nerve function. Though these illnesses seem unrelated, the common thread is that they all indicate a loss of vitality, which schisandra is thought to restore. In parts of Asia, viral hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, is a widespread health problem. When chronic, hepatitis can cause all sorts of liver troubles, including poor bile production, cirrhosis, gallstones, and even cancer. In one study, 80% of the patients suffering from chronic hepatitis recovered when they used schisandra for 6 weeks; the herb has been shown to improve chemically induced and viral hepatitis. Schisandra is also used as a tonic. The herb is said to increase circulation to the extremities and also improves heart function and liver’s ability to store and release energy into blood circulation. By increasing liver function, it helps your body produce energy more efficiently. Clinically, the herb improves general health while it increases mental and physical stamina. Schisandra is recommended for people who require high levels of energy on a daily basis, such as working mothers, highlevel business people, and athletes. The herb may help improve respiration by increasing the frequency and depth of breathing, act as a cough suppressant and expectorants improves absorption by the digestive system. Schisandra stimulates the brain and the spinal cord and quickens reflexes. One study showed that the symptoms of nervous exhaustion (headache, insomnia, dizziness, and palpitation) improved while schisandra was being used.