INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Schisandrae
Common English: Schisandra Fruit
Chinese Magnolia-vine Fruit
Orange Magnolia-vine Fruit
Herbs that Stabilize and Bind (Astringents)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sour
Sweet
(Acrid)
(Bitter)
(Salty)
Warm
Heart
Kidney
Lung
(All 5 Zang)
1.5-9g
Tincture: 2-4ml
(1-2ml for chronic cough)
(6-9g as a tonic)
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Astringes the leakage of Lung Qi and stops coughing

Chronic cough and wheezing due to Lung Qi Deficiency

Lung and Kidney Deficiency patterns

Tonifies the Kidneys, binds up Essence (astringes Jing) and stops diarrhea and spermatorrhea

Kidney Deficiency with nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge and urinary frequency

Spleen and Kidney Deficiency with daybreak diarrhea

Astringes sweat and generates fluids

Excessive sweating. especially when accompanied by thirst or a dry throat

In combination, it is used for spontaneous sweating, night sweats and wasting and thirsting disorder

Quiets the Spirit and calms and contains Heart Qi

Heart and Kidney Blood and Yin Deficiency, with irritability, palpitations, dream-disturbed sleep and insomnia

Tonifies Qi

Heart and Spleen Qi Deficiency
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with uncleared External pathogens.
  • Contraindicated for those with Excess Internal Heat conditions.
  • Contraindicated for those with early-stage coughs or rashes.
  • Caution, this herb may cause heartburn.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • This herb significantly counteracts cycloheximide-induced amnesia. Its effects are amplified by treatment with serotonergic receptor antagonists and reduced by serotonergic agonists, GAB(A) and cholinergic receptor antagonists.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang

Rx. Rehmanniae
Shu Di Huang
Rx. Dioscoreae
Shan
Yao
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu

Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin

Lung Deficiency with chronic cough and wheezing.

Lung and Kidney Deficiency with coughing and wheezing.

Cold in the Lung channel with incessant cough and wheezing.

Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin
Rx. Ephedrae
Ma Huang

Galla Chinensis
Wu Bei Zi

Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu
Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao

 

Cough and wheezing from Cold Thin Mucus.

Cough at dusk due to Yin Deficiency Fire Blazing upward and irritating the Lungs.

Spermatorrhea, metrorrhagia, vaginal discharge, chronic diarrhea or dysentery, rectal or uterine prolapse, spontaneous sweat, night sweats, and cough and wheezing due to Lung Qi Deficiency.

Spontaneous emissions.

Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi
Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou

or

Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi
Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou
Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu

Kidney Deficiency with chronic dysentery and daybreak diarrhea.

Exhaustion of Qi and Yin with shortness of breath, cough, and thirst.

Spontaneous night sweats with Qi Deficiency.

Fried together as a powder for chronic diarrhea due to Spleen and Kidney Deficiency Cold.

Concha Ostreae
Mu Li

Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

or

Rx. Ephedrae
Ma Huang Gen

Concha Ostreae
Mu Li

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi

or

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Sm. Tritici Levis
Fu Xiao Mai
Rx. Ephedrae
Ma Huang Gen
Sm. Zizyphi Spinosae
Suan Zao Ren

Sweating.

Night sweats due to Yin Deficiency.

Spontaneous sweating due to Qi Deficiency.

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen

Sm. Zizyphi Spinosae
Suan Zao Ren
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Yang Deficiency with spontaneous sweat.

Wasting and thirsting with intense thirst.

Heart Deficiency with insomnia, irritability, and forgetfulness.

160 proof alcohol

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin

Bul. Lilii
Bai He
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Rx. Asteris
Zi Wan
Fol. Eriobotryae
Pi Pa Ye

Wind-Rash with itchiness and irritation of the skin.

Regulates the opening and closing of the Lungs, alleviating cough and calming wheezing for patients with existing thin mucus who are exposed to Wind-Cold leading acute wheezing and coughing of clear thin sputum.

Chronic consumptive cough.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Gecko
Ge Jie

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang
Hb. Asari
Xi Xin

Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao
Fr. Rosae Laevigatae
Jin Ying Zi
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu

Asthma.

Cough due to Wind-Cold.

Spermatorrhea.

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Hb. Dendrobii
Shi Hu
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Fr. Mume
Wu Mei

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rx. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Night sweats.

Thirst.

Thirst as a symptom of Xiao Ke.

Sm. Platycladi
Bai Zi Ren
Rx. Polygalae
Yuan Zhi
Scl. Poria Pararadicis
Fu Shen
Dens Draconis
Long Chi
Concha Margaritaferae
Zhen Zhu Mu
Arillus Longan
Long Yan Rou
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen

Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Long Gu
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Fr. Rosae Laevigatae
Jin Ying Zi
Cx. Moutan
Mu Dan Pi

Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen

Insomnia due to Heart Yin and Blood Deficiency.

Nocturnal emissions.

Polyuria.

Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren
Fr. Rubi
Fu Pen Zi
End. Corneum Gigeriae Galli
Ji Nei Jin
Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan

 

Enuresis or urinary incontinence.

 

 

  1. May occasionally cause heartburn.
  2. Wu Wei Zi means five flavor fruit.
  3. The whole fruit is salty.
  4. The peel and pulp are sweet and sour.
  5. The kernel is pungent and bitter.
  6. This herb inhibits the leakage of Lung Qi above and enriches Kidney Yin below, thus effectively treating coughs.
  7. This herb is frequently used for various types of insomnia.
  8. Because it is astringent, it Nourishes the Yin of the five organs.
  9. By nourishing the Kidney and Liver Yin, it strengthens sinews and bones and brightens eyes.
  10. Southern Schisandra Nan Wu Wei Zi does not tonify, gut regulates Qi, transforms Dampness and reduces Phlegm and is useful for Externally contracted Cold and wheezing due to Phlegm
  11. Dry-fried Schisandra Chao Wu Wei Zi, has enhanced ability to enrich Kidneys and tonify Deficiency and is used in treatment of Spleen and Kidney Deficiency with daybreak diarrhea.
  12. Prepared Schisandra Zhi Wu Wei Zi, has increased tonification properties.
  13. Wine Prepared Schisandra Jiu Zhi Wu Wei Zi enriches the Kidneys.
  14. Vinegar Prepared Schisandra Cu Zhi Wu Wei Zi has increased astringent properties
  15. Contemporary studies are showing that this herb has restorative effects on the brain and central nervous system.
  16. It modulates endocrine and immune functions by tonifying the adrenal cortex and Liver.
  17. Both Wu Wei Zi and Fr. Mume Wu Mei astringe the Lungs, generate fluids and bind up the Intestines. Wu Wei Zi more powerfully astringes Lung Qi to stop coughs while at the same time, strengthens Lung Qi, grasps Kidney Qi, astringes Essence and sweat and calms the  Spirit. Wu Mei more strongly generates fluids and alleviates thirst. It also harmonizes the Stomach and eliminates roundworms. It is important in treating irregular uterine bleeding or Hematuria.