Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole
Schizandra was popular a few years ago along with ashwaganda and ginseng during the marketing of energy-boosting products but has since been forgotten about.
Medicinal Properties: There is a great deal of evidence to support the claims of this herb as an energy and endurance booster. There are many tribes, such as the Nanajas of Northern China, who go on long, arduous hunting trips and always take along dried schizandra berries. The berries give them strength to endure these long, exhausting trips, even without eating. Hunters in Siberia do the same, and these incredible berries were used by Russian pilots in the 1940s to withstand the lack of oxygen during their flights. The Swedish Ski Team has also been known to use them.
In Russia, schizandra is a prescribed medicine for short-sightedness and astigmatism.
How to Use: Up to 2 grams per day can be taken in tablet form. Tea from the berries or supplements.
Part Used: Berries.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.