Schisandra chinensis - Glossary

Schisandra chinensis

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One of the principal therapeutic plants (wǔ wèi zi) in Chinese traditional medicine. Schisandra berries are prized for their adaptogenic, immunomodulating and hepatoprotective effects.

Schisandra contains several bioactive lignans and terpenoid compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorhepatoprotective and neuroprotective effects, although definitive human clinical studies are lacking.

Note: Schisandra may also be spelled “Schizandra.”

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