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What Is Schisandra Used for Today?

Schisandra has not been proven effective for any condition. Research on the herb is limited to studies in animals, as well as human trials that are not up to modern scientific standards.

Animal studies suggest schisandra may protect the liver from toxic damage, improve liver function , and stimulate liver cell regrowth. 1 2 3 4 5 These findings led to its use in human trials for treating hepatitis . In a poorly designed and reported Chinese study of 189 people with hepatitis B, those given schisandra reportedly improved more rapidly than those given vitamins and liver extracts. 6 Other animal studies of schisandra have found possible anti-cancer properties. 7 Finally, weak evidence hints that schisandra or its extracts might enhance sports performance and improve mental function . 8 9 10 11

References

  1. Hancke JL, Burgos RA, Ahumada F. Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Fitoterapia. 1999;70:451-471.
  2. Volicer L, Sramka M, Janku I, et al. Some pharmacological effects of Schizandra chinensis. Arch Int Pharmacodyn Ther. 1966;163:249-262.
  3. Bao T-T, Xu G-F, Liu G-T, et al. A comparison of the pharmacological actions of seven constituents isolated from Fructus schizandrae [in Chinese; English abstract]. Acta Pharm Sin. 1979;14:1-7.
  4. Pao TT, Hsu KF, Liu KT, Chang LG, Chuang CH, Sung CY. Protective action of schizandrin B on hepatic injury in mice. Chin Med J (Engl). 3(3):173-9.
  5. Li X-Y. Bioactivity of neolignans from Fructus schizandrae. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 1991;86:31-37.
  6. Liu G-T. Pharmacological actions and clinical use of Fructus schizandrae. Chin Med J. 1989;102:740-749.
  7. Hancke JL, Burgos RA, Ahumada F. Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Fitoterapia. 1999;70:451-471.
  8. Hancke JL, Burgos RA, Ahumada F. Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. Fitoterapia. 1999;70:451-471.
  9. Ahumada F, Hermosilla J, Hola R, et al. Studies on the effect of Schizandra chinensis extract on horses submitted to exercise and maximum effort. Phytother Res. 1989;3:175-179.
  10. Ahumada F, Hola R, Wikman G, et al. Effect of Schizandra chinensis extract on thoroughbreds in sprint races. Equine Athlete. 1991;4:1, 4-5.
  11. Hancke J, Burgos R, Cceres D, et al. Reduction of serum hepatic transaminases and CPK in sport horses with poor performance treated with a standardized Schizandra chinensis fruit extract. Phytomedicine. 1996;3:237-240.
 
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