It seems that you can Google any herb or natural supplement on the planet and get results saying it’s either a miracle cure or a nothingburger. It can be confusing for the modern person in search of aid from the natural world to know who to trust.
This is the case with Schisandra. Schisandra uses have been described by ancient medical systems in China, Soviet-era studies in Russia, and a smattering of small scientific examinations in the United States. Even these supposed authorities vary enormously in their enthusiasm for Schisandra uses. How can the average person figure out what’s true?
In the abstract, this is a question that has baffled history’s brainiest epistemologists, but in practice it’s much simpler. If you want to know about the potential Schisandra uses, try it out and see what you think.
The Wide Range of Potential Schisandra Uses
The recommendation in the last paragraph can be made because Schisandra is likely benign (as side effects go) in normal and even abnormal doses. There can always be too much of a good thing, but taken appropriately the potential for the following Schisandra uses may be good.
- Unpleasant Symptoms Experienced By Women During Middle Age: At least from a western scientific perspective, this is the most well established potential Schisandra use yet identified. This era in life is characterized by some bodily changes and symptomatic difficulties. Some studies seem to indicate that these symptoms can be managed to a degree with Schisandra preparations like Schisandra tea and extract. This finding is consistent with some of the ways Schisandra has been used for centuries, making this perhaps Schisandra’s use of greatest potential.
- Feelings of Unwellness. This is about as non-specific as it gets, but we use this descriptor only because Schisandra’s purported effects are so numerous. In ancient Chinese medical literature, Schisandra is described as a natural drug which today we might call an “adaptogen”. The term adaptogen is only half-scientific and is generally used to describe a chemical or supplement that gives people the pep they need to live life and be a better version of themselves. You might say, “Who wouldn’t want a drug like that?” This is true, and therefore makes so-called adaptogens a big business. However, few can stake a claim on this title with as much legitimacy as Schisandra, which has, in studies, been potentially linked to various positive effects related cognition, sense of wellbeing, stamina, and the like. If true, it’s possible that these same effects are what make the supplement effective in the previous case.
- Seasonal Respiratory Complaints. There are certain inconvenient maladies which come along with seasonal changes, be they the result of natural particulate in the air or germs and viruses. Of the Schisandra uses evaluated by modern science, this is the worst candidate for medical canonization, but the potential effect that’s most easily appreciated by the average person.
This isn’t the extent of all health claims made about Schisandra through the years, but they are the ones that have perhaps the most potential for the modern person, at least from the perspective of modern science. Of course, science only “knows what it knows” and there is plenty of reality as yet outside its purview, so there is the potential for much more when it comes to traditional herbs like Schisandra.
Only you can decide 1) whether or not you should try Schisandra yourself, and 2) whether or not you think the herb is having any beneficial effect. Schisandra can be purchased through numerous sources (such as Natural Healthy Concepts) and can usually be incorporated without side effect into any normal regimen.