Schisandra berries | Schisandra chinensis | Organic


Known as Wu Wei Zi in China or the five flavoured herb referring to its five noted flavours – sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and pungent. Schisandra has an array of protective actions towards the liver, brain and kidneys.

Recent research has indicated that Schisandra berry extract and its active ingredients show a protective role in neuro-degenerative diseases including cerebrovascular diseases and depression. The key neuroprotective mechanisms of Schisandra and its active ingredients have been demonstrated to include antioxidation, suppression of apoptosis, anti-inflammation, regulation of neurotransmitters, and modulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) related pathways. (4)

Animal and in vitro studies using whole schisandra fruit or schisandrin B have shown a protective effect for carbon tetrachloride and acetominophen poisoning, and a beneficial effect on the hepatic glutathione antioxidant system. Gomisin A was shown to have anticarcinogenic effects in rat livers, while both gomisin A and schisandrin B stimulated regeneration of liver tissue, synthesis of glycogen and protein, and activation of cytochrome P450 in rats. (2)

However Schisandra enjoys use as an adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps protect the body against stress and in particular its neuro-protective effects are utilised in this way by herbalists. This correlates to increased stamina and recovery time after exercise, improved the ability to perform concentration-intense tasks, and decreased fatigue. Perhaps its most interesting feature is its ability to improve visual acuity in response to stimulus. (5)

All of our teas are organic or wild harvested from natural surroundings. Enjoy!

This information is for educational purposes. Please do not self-treat disease using herbs alone. Always consult with a qualified & registered herbalist and inform your doctor and pharmacist about your use of herbal remedies.


  1. HerbalGram Schisandra Monograph
  2. Inhibition of human CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 enzymes by gomisin C and gomisin G, two lignan analogs derived from Schisandra chinensis. Fitoterapia. 2017 Jun;119:26-31.
  3. An overview of neuroprotective and cognitive enhancement properties of lignans from Schisandra chinensis. Pharmacotherapy. 2018 Jan;97:958-968.
  4. Schisandra chinensis Fructus and Its Active Ingredients as Promising Resources for the Treatment of Neurological Disease. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Jul 6;19(7):1970.
  5. Pharmacology of Schisandra chinensis Bail.: an overview of Russian research and uses in medicine. J Ethnopharmacolgy. 2008 Jul 23;118(2):183-212.
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Additional information


Dried Schisandra berries organic


Hepatoprotective, Neuroprotective, Adaptogenic, Aphrodisiac


Schisandra berry may interact with some medications as it inhibits human cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) and CYP3A5. It is unknown to what extent this changes serum levels of drugs but caution should be taken. Schisandra shoud be avoided in those with ulcers or epilepsy and in pregnancy as it may induce uterine contractions. This herb has GRAS rating {Generally Recognised as Safe}. Herbs should generally be avoided when pregnant or trying to conceive. Please consult with a qualified practitioner before self-prescribing.


Steep 1 teaspoon of herb for 10-20 minutes. Schisandra may be brought to the boil and simmered. Reuse the tea 2-3 times until it is spent. Drink 1-2 times daily.


30 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams

Country of origin

Schisandra is native to China. Dried Schisandra harvested in China.


Lignans – schizandrol A and B, schisandrin A and B, schisantherin A and B, gominsin N, pregomisin, nordihydroguairetic acid, meso-nordihydroguairetic acid, Triterpenes, Volatile oil – borneol, 1,8-cineol, citral, p-cymol, a- and b pinene, Sesquiterpenes – sesquicarene, ylangene, chamigrenal, a- and b chamigrene, Organic acids – citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, fumaric acid, Vitamins – C and E, Stigmasterol, Resins