Magnolia vine fruit
– is a perennial deciduous woody vine of the family Schisandraceae.
– Native to east Asia, it is grown in mixed forests, especially on the margins, by streams and brooks, and usually on sandy soils in China, Russia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, etc.
Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. / Schisandra sphenanthera Rehd. et Wils. (chin. : 五味子)
– the ripe fruit of the perennial deciduous woody vine Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill. (Chinese magnolia vine), or Schisandra sphenanthera Rehd. et Wils. (orange magnolia vine)
– The fruit is borne in clusters and look much like red currant. It has all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy) and bitter; hence in China, it’s commonly called five flavor berry.
– Astringes the lungs and nourishes the kidneys, promotes the production of body fluid and astringes sweating, seminal emission and arrests diarrhea
– They first discovered its qualities as an adaptogen, a substance which helps to relieve stress, whether physical, mental or emotional, so it is used rather like rose root, milk vetch, American ginseng and Eleuthero.
– It can help to lower blood pressure and
– has potent antioxidant activities, making it heart- protective and of course a useful anti-cancer treatment.
– The seeds seem to have most potency against cancer according to some studies.
– The berries stimulate the immune, endocrine (glandular), central nervous, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular systems,
– It has been proven to help ward off colds and flu because of its action on the immune system, and
– it has been used to treat pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis, and many other diseases.
– the extracts from them increase physical endurance, mental performance, and lessen depression, and some of the symptoms of alcoholism such as delirium tremens.
– Therefore it is indicated for palpitations, insomnia, dreaminess, etc., due to emotional distress as a result of loss of yin and blood.
– Extracts have shown to be liver-protective in studies on rats but these effects have not been studied in humans.
– It is believed that it produces mental clarity by detoxifying the body and it is thought that glutathione is the enzyme responsible for this action.
– A decoction of the branches and twigs has been used as a treatment for coughs, dysentery and gonorrhoea.
– Apparently the berries also have astringent properties making them good for wound healing.
– Magnolia vine fruit is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs.
– It is an excellent tonic and restorative, helping in stressful times and increasing zest for life.
– It is considered to be a substitute for ginseng and
– is said to be a tonic for both the male and the female sex organs.