SCHISAN­DRA

Health & Nutrition - - HERBAL SPECIAL -

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.

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