The Quintessence of Tonic Herbs
Schizandra fruit, from the plant Schisandra chinensis, is
“the herb that does it all.” It develops and protects the primary
energies of life. Schizandra, known as the "quintessence of Chinese tonic
herbs,” supports vitality and beauty when used regularly for some time.
It is said to promote beautiful skin. Schizandra is said to help purify the
blood, support the mind, help maintain a strong memory, and help maintain
sexual energy and sexual functions in both men and women.
Quintessential Full Spectrum Tonic Herb
The very name of Schizandra in
Chinese, Wu Wei Zi, tells us a great deal about the
qualities of this herb. Wu Wei Zi means “Five Flavors Fruit.” Due to the fact that Schizandra
possesses all five of the classical “tastes” (sour, bitter, sweet,
spicy and salty) and thus possesses the essence of all five of the elemental
energies (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), Schizandra is respected as a
health-providing tonic in the same class with Ginseng, Reishi
Schizandra has been used since the
dawn of Chinese civilization as a tonic herb. From the beginning it has been
revered, and remains one of the elite herbs of the Chinese system of herbalism. It was first written about in Shen Nong’s Pharmacopoeia
(written between 1st and 2nd century A.D.) where it was listed as a Superior
The Taoists especially have revered
Schizandra. Schizandra was Ron Teeguarden’s teacher’s, Taoist Grandmaster Sung Jin Park’s,
favorite herb. This is because Schizandra tonifies
all 3 treasures**, enters all 12 meridians and nurtures all 5 elements. Master
Park considered it to be the quintessential herbal substance.
Though Schizandra is believed to
benefit all the functions of the body, it has traditionally been considered to
have the most influence on the Kidney, Lung, Brain and
(Wu Wei Zi)
1. Tonifies all 3 treasures.
all 12 meridians
all 5 elements.
The 3 Treasures are the 3 fundamental
energies that make up life, the 13 meridians are the energy channels that flow
throughout the body, the 5 elements are the five
energy states of nature (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal). In short,
Schizandra is a rare herb that can actually benefit all the bodily functions
and organs of the body, according to the traditional Chinese and Taoist health
Schizandra supports the skin and its
functions. Schizandra is widely used to beautify the skin and to protect the
skin from the damaging effects wind. Due to the astringent quality of
Schizandra, the skin tends to hold its moisture and becomes full and beautiful.
It has always been very popular with the wealthy men and women of China,
especially the women of the imperial court, because of its youth preserving and
rejuvenating effects. It is said that those who use Schizandra consistently
will remain youthful in both appearance and physiology. Their skin virtually
glows and becomes clear and fine after several months.
This herb is considered to be one of
the premium mind tonics of herbalism. It is used to
support concentration, memory and alertness. It has been demonstrated that
human intellectual activity can be supported and work efficiency increased by
consuming Schizandra. Various tests have shown that moderate doses of
Schizandra can support various activities requiring concentration, fine
coordination, sensitivity and endurance. The tests in humans confirming Schizandra’s efficacy in these areas range from
threading needles to running marathons.
Yet, unlike caffeine-like stimulants,
Schizandra does not produce nervousness. Paradoxically, Schizandra is also
mildly sedative (“Shen stabilizing”).
Schizandra does not make people sleepy. In fact, Schizandra is mildly
“calming” while producing wakefulness and focus.
Many studies now indicate that
Schizandra actually has a balancing, or regulating, action on the central
nervous system. It can result in
accurate and optimal balancing between the excitatory and inhibitory control
functions of the cerebral cortex. It is considered to be a
Schizandra has been shown to
strengthen and protect the liver. Schizandra is one of the primary liver
cleansing agents used in tonic programs. Schizandra does not have the side
effects that are associated with many of the “inferior” liver
cleansing herbs. Schizandra is widely believed to protect the liver from damage
due to the kinds of toxins humans consume or absorb on a daily basis, the
byproducts of living. Schizandra appears to be very effective in boosting both
detoxification and clearance of activated toxins (including xenobiotics).
Schizandra is said to increase the
“Water Qi in the Kidney.” In particular,
it is said to support the “water of the genital organs,” referring
to the sexual fluids. Schizandra is said to support the production of semen. It
is famous for its ability to relieve sexual fatigue and for increasing the
sexual staying-power in men. It is thus an ingredient in the vast majority of
men’s sexual tonics in Asian herbalism.
Women benefit from the same capacity
to increase Water Qi of the Kidney. Schizandra is
said to increase circulation and sensitivity in the female genitals. Many women
claim increased genital warmth and sensation after using Schizandra for a period
of time. The Chinese sexual classics claim that continuous use by a woman will
increase the amount of “female elixir,” a euphemism for vaginal
secretions, during intercourse.
Schizandra is indeed the quintessence
of tonic herbs. It belongs in everyone’s home elixir bar.*
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Usage: Take 3
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Remember Ron Teeguarden’s
“First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word –
If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”
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