Schizandra is a very powerful immune system booster that helps the body deal with stress. It also assists in stimulating circulation and increasing the body's resistance to health issues. Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis) of the family Schizandraceae is a creeping vine with small red berries and native to Northern China. In ancient China, people used Schizandra as a staple food for hunting and gathering tribes. As a traditional health herb, Schizandra, can be used as an astringent and as a support for dry cough, asthma, night sweats, nocturnal seminal emissions, chronic diarrhea and chronic fatigue. During the early 1980's Chinese doctors began researching Schizandra to help support a healthy liver, based on its potential for liver-supportive effects.
The active ingredient in Schizandra appears to be various lignans, mainly schizandrins. These lignans have been found to help avoid liver damage, help stimulate liver repair, and stimulate normal liver functioning. These properties appear to be related to the various antioxidant abilities of the various Schizandrins. Schizandra also helps in digestion, regulating gastric acid release. Other studies have shown that extracts of Schizandra are stimulating to the central nervous system and are cholinergic. There have been numerous reports on Schizandra's ability to quicken reflexes, increase work efficiency, control anger and combat neurasthenias (headaches, insomnia, dizziness, palpitations). Other reports have mentioned increased cognitive function and increased memory. A recent study concluded that Schizandra may be a useful herb to reverse melancholy, particularly that due to adrenergic exhaustion. Recent research studies have indicated that Schizandra has numerous biological activities, including: disinfectant, mild stimulant, liver protective, anti-depressant, antioxidant, adaptogen and cardiac tonic. In Oriental Medicine, Schizandra can be used to help support the lungs, liver and kidneys, including as an aphrodisiac (kidney element). Schizandra is also a registered medicine in Russia for vision problems since the herb has been found to help avoid eye fatigue and increase acuity.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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