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What are some precautions about taking schisandra?

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It’s a fruit that’s used in traditional Chinese and Russian medicine as a tonic for hunger, fatigue, aging, and better mental health. Some people may get rashes or have heartburn, indigestion, and other stomach problems from eating schisandra or taking it supplements. (rashes) or gastrointestinal problems such as:

It’s unclear if schisandra is safe for babies and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid using schisandra if you have:

  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Peptic ulcers
  • High brain pressure

From: Schisandra WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Schisandra."

Chan, S. March 2012; vol 63: pp 75-81. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Hepatitis C: A Focus on Herbal Supplements."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Schisandra."

Chan, S. March 2012; vol 63: pp 75-81. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition,

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Hepatitis C: A Focus on Herbal Supplements."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

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