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Studies in mice, rats, and pigs have found schisandra to be relatively nontoxic. 1 Noticeable side effects are apparently rare, though upset stomach and allergic reactions have been reported. 2 Safety in pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.
- Hancke JL, Burgos RA, Ahumada F. Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Fitoterapia. 1999;70:451-471.
- McGuffin M, ed. American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 1997:104.