The Schizandra Berry

Our herb of the month is traditionally used to support vitality and beauty

Schizandra has many effects on the body. Energetically it is known to help with overwhelm and used to “keep it all together”. It has a calming effect on the mind while keeping the brain alert, making it an excellent herb to use before studying or meditating. It is commonly used as an adaptogen. It balances hormones by improving our ability to deal with stresses—both physical and psychological.

Studies have shown Schizandra to be protective of the heart, cognitive function and psychiatric disorders. Its high concentration of antioxidants helps fight free radical damage and lower inflammatory response.

The high lignin content of Schizandra helps stimulate glutathione production by the liver allowing the body to more effectively remove wastes and toxic burden. As a result Schzandra protects the skin, improves mental performance and helps with healthy sexual function including fertility and hormone health.

The Schizandra Berry possess all five of the classical tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty) and so it also possesses the essence of all five of the elemental energies (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). This makes Schizandra an adrenal tonic that helps to increase energy and vitality.

Talk to your doctor at Paracelsus to see how the Schizandra Berry can be added to your health regiment.

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