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Schisandra chinensis
plant overview
five flavors, five elements

Schisandra, also known as Chinese Schisandra and Chinese Mongolavine, is a climbing species of flowering vine that is specific to northern China, Siberia, Russia, Korea, and Scandinavia. What is schisandra berry? This member of the magnolia family produces schisandra berries that are harvested as food and tea flavorings, syrups, and other beverages. In China Schisandra is regarded as the “quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs.” The Chinese also call the plant Wu Wei Zi, meaning “five fruit flavors” because Schisandra berries invoke all five elements of taste perception -- salty, sweet, sour, pungent, and bitter. As such the schisandra berry is also associated with the five elemental properties of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on schisandra

Schisandra chinensis is a deciduous woody climbing vine of the Schisandraceae family.

The schisandra vine will grow to 29 feet or more. The species is dioecious—and therefore flowers on a female plant will only produce fruit when fertilized with pollen from a separate male plant. However, the "Eastern Prince"is a hybrid selection which produces perfect flowers and is self-fertile.

The schisandra vine's flowers are similar in form to the peony. They are four to five inches across and are pure white, and sit in a ruffled collar of green-and-white variegated leaves. Only the new leaves surrounding the blossoms are variegated; along the stem the leaves are solid green, grouped in threes, and slightly heart shaped.

The blossoms are lightly fragrant and on the female plants are followed by brownish red berries.

common names & nomenclature
Schisandra berries are commonly called běi wǔ wèi zi. This common name translates to “five flavor berry.” Presumptively this is because its berries possess all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy), and bitter.

Also known as:
běi wǔ wèi zi, five flavor berries, wu wei zi, chinese schisandra, chinese mongolavine, magnolia vine

Schisandra, the herb with 5 flavors and 5 elements

Where in the World

habitat and range for schisandra

Schisandra chinensis is native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting schisandra

Schisandra plants require conditions of moderate humidity and light. The plant grows in mixed forests, especially on the margins, and is also found by streams and brooks in part shade.

Prefers a moist, well-drained sandy soil.

Sow seeds in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will do best if pre-soaked for 12 hours in warm water in the spring. They can then be sown in a greenhouse. Germination can be slow and erratic. Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for their first 2 years. Plant them out into their permanent locations in early summer.

Schisandra fruit is harvested after the first frosts and sun-dried for later use.

Store dried schisandra berry and schisandra berry powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

additional information

Revitalize your health with schisandra 

Schisandra is an herb that is particularly helpful if you are looking to restore your overall health and vitality and improve your energy levels.

Schisandra is a vine that’s native to Asia. It produces berries that have many health benefits. These berries can do so much for your health that you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried them before. As a tonic, schisandra can help anyone to have better overall health. It will help you to have more energy to get through the daily grind.

When it comes to the liver, using schisandra can help the liver to work properly. It can help remove toxins from the body. When your liver is functioning properly, you’ll immediately find that you have more energy and even your eyes will look brighter.

When you catch the occasional cold, schisandra can help ease feelings of constriction in your chest and help you have a more productive cough.

People who suffer from skin irritations will find that schisandra provides soothing relief.

If you’re having problems in the bedroom, you may find that schisandra is the perfect solution for improving your sex drive. It helps the sexual organs to function properly so that you have the drive and stamina you desire.

And if you find yourself having difficulty with concentration and stress, schisandra may be just what you need. It will help you to focus better and ease feelings of anxiety and stress.

To use schisandra, you’ll want to take a decoction of it 3 times a day. This will provide you with all the herb you need to experience improved health.

Formulas & recipes

What is schisandra berry used for?

The schisandra berry is used for a variety of health benefits. It can be ingested to revitalize the body by providing the body with antioxidants and other apoptogenic qualities. The berry can be ingested by making a schisandra berry tincture or tea. There are also schisandra berry skin benefits, as the berries contain properties that help tighten and firm the skin.

Schisandra berry tea recipe

  • Using the schisandra berry powder, measure out 2 tablespoons into a pot with 5 cups of water
  • Add ginger and cinnamon to the pot as well-Bring the pot to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Strain the solids from the tea and enjoy
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