Schizandra, also known as Chinese Schizandra and Chinese Mongolavine, is a climbing species of flowering vine that is specific to northern China, Siberia, Russia, Korea and Scandinavia. This member of the magnolia family produces berries that are harvested as food and tea flavorings, syrups and other beverages. In China Schizandra is regarded the “quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs.” The Chinese also call the plant Wu Wei Zi, meaning “five fruit flavors” because Schizandra berries invoke all five elements of taste perception -- salty, sweet, sour, pungent and bitter. As such the herb is also associated with the five elemental properties of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
|culinary||Use to produce teas, tonics, extracts and tinctures.|
|industrial||This herb is the source of schizandrin C, which is used to produce an anti-hepatitis drug called dibromodulcitol (DBD).|
|safety||May interact with medications metabolized by CYP2C9 liver enzymes. This herb may also reduce the effects of anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin (coumadin).|
1oz dried, Schizandra Berry Powder