SCHISANDRA (SCHISANDRA CHINENSIS)Warm, astringent and sour berry that stimulates agni in cases of weakness.
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Schisandra taste like a warm, pungent cranberry. Called five taste berry, it is similar to amalaki in its sourness and astringency, but more warming and mildly pungent. While amalaki is more perfectly suited to calm Pitta heat conditions, schisandra is more used in Vata cold conditions.
As it dilates blood vessels and eases tension, sour taste consolidates a scattered mind. In Schisandra, this sourness combines with warmth to ease insomnia due to Vata tension and cold.
Schisandras sourness and warmth also stimulate agni, and is useful in all cases of weakness (essence deficiency). Its astringency is especially useful in diarrhea due to weakness, as well as vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea due to cold.
SUGGESTED USE1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines
Biocharacteristics of Schisandra
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Schisandra
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a
lesser degree. Astringents.
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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Reduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind. Includes herbs that relax (for Vata) and herbs that stimulate (for Kapha).
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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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Herbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
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An herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.
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Stops discharges & secretions (examples include sweat, vaginal discharge, diarrhea, urinary, nasal, etc). Commonly astringent or cooling remedies.
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An herb that is capable of preventing liver damage. Many hepatoprotectives work via antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Oxytocin stimulates uterine contractions, and prepares the uterus for labor. It has a vasoconstricting effect. Emotionally, it is tribal.
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Used to induce labor when labor is stalled due to weak or ineffective contractions. Includes both stimulants and oxytocic parturients.
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Causes contractions in the uterus often by stimulating production of oxytocin. These herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Schisandra
Sage has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Immune-calming, Stimulant-parturient, Digestive, Nerve-restorative, Stimulates-energy, Adrenal-tonic, Emmenagogue, Reduces-secretions, Uterine-stimulant
Grape has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Tonic, Brain-tonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Immune-calming, Sialogogue, Antiplatelet
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Improves-focus, Antidepressant, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Brain-tonic, Immune-calming
Strawberries has these Actions in Common
Immune-calming, Rebuilds-fluids, Improves-focus, Sialogogue, Digestive, Livotonic
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Sialogogue, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Antiplatelet, Hepatoprotective
Blueberry has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Improves-focus, Brain-tonic, Livotonic, Immune-calming
Acai has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Improves-focus, Antidepressant, Livotonic, Brain-tonic
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Antitussive, Immune-calming, Brain-tonic, Stimulates-energy
Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common
Antitussive, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Brain-tonic, Antidepressant, Livotonic
Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Hepatoprotective, Stimulates-energy, Immune-calming, Digestive
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Uterine-stimulant, Oxytocic, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Emmenagogue
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Schisandra
Ginseng, Chinese has these Actions in Common
Improves-focus, Adaptogen, Stimulates-energy, Adrenal-tonic, Tonic, Antidepressant, Brain-tonic, Digestive, Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming
Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Tonic, Adrenal-tonic, Antidepressant, Digestive, Hepatoprotective, Improves-focus, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Stimulant-parturient, Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Uterine-stimulant, Antiplatelet, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Digestive, Hepatoprotective, Improves-focus, Rebuilds-fluids, Sialogogue, Stimulates-energy, Adaptogen, Tonic
Rhodiola has these Actions in Common
Reduces-secretions, Stimulates-energy, Tonic, Adaptogen, Antidepressant, Brain-tonic, Emmenagogue, Nerve-restorative
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Immune-calming, Oxytocic, Stimulant-parturient, Stimulates-energy, Antiplatelet, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Hepatoprotective
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Warms-kidney, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic, Antidepressant, Emmenagogue, Immune-calming
Ginkgo has these Actions in Common
Reduces-secretions, Antidepressant, Antiplatelet, Brain-tonic, Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming, Nerve-restorative
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Hepatoprotective, Immune-calming, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic, Antitussive
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common
Immune-calming, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Adaptogen, Adrenal-tonic, Antitussive, Hepatoprotective
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Schisandra may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.