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What is schisandra?

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The fruit of the schisandra plant can be made into medicine. It is a well-known herb in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in traditional Russian medicine. There, it was described as a tonic, reducing hunger, fatigue, delaying the aging process, increasing vitality, and improving mental health. But there isn't enough information to know whether schisandra is effective for any of these problems. Talk to your doctor before you try it.

From: Schisandra WebMD Medical Reference

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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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