Schisandra ( 五味子 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Wu Wei Zi
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Sour (Schisandra is called the five flavor fruit, and may actually be considered to have all five tastes.)
This herb is used in formulas to treat asthma with cough, shallow breathing and wheezing, frequent urination, early morning diarrhea, spontaneous sweating and night sweats, insomnia, diabetes syndrome, and palpitations.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Contains leakage of Lung Qi and stops coughing; restrains' Essence and stops diarrhea; stops excessive sweating; calms Spirit. This herb is used in formulas that support the Organs in their proper function, especially Kidneys and Liver, by restraining leakage of vital energy and Fluids.
Common Formulas Used In
Cerebral Tonic Pills; Concha Marguerita and Ligustrum; Eight Immortal Long Life Pill; Fritillaria Extract Tablet; Ginseng and Zizyphus; Xanthium and Magnolia.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there are excess heat imbalances or in early stages of coughing.