Schisandra tea is made from the dried and ripe fruits of Schisandra chinensis or Schisandra sphenanthera. Schisandra is called Wu Wei Zi in Chinese Pinyin and it is a traditional Chinese medicine.
Wu Wei means “Five-flavor”. It has five flavors–sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, so Schisandra is also called Five-flavor berry.
Schisandra is native to China and mainly distributed in China. It is also distributed in a small amount in Japan, North Korea, and Russia.
Schisandra chinensis also called northern Wu Wei Zi is mainly distributed in northern China. Schisandra sphenanthera also called southern Wu Wei Zi is mainly distributed in southern China.
Schisandra chinensis is irregularly spherical or oblate. Its surface is red, purple, or dark red, and the flesh is soft. Schisandra sphenanthera is similar to Schisandra chinensis, but its color is darker, and the flesh is shriveled and often clings to the seeds.
Schisandra has a long history of food and medicine in China. It was first listed in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> as a top-grade Chinese medicine.
Traditionally, the traditional Chinese medicine Wu Wei Zi is mainly made of northern Wu Wei Zi, namely Schisandra chinensis, because Schisandra chinensis has better quality and higher efficacy than Schisandra sphenanthera.
Schisandra is picked when the fruits are ripe in autumn. After it is dried in the sun and the stem and impurities are removed, it can be used as medicine.
In addition to medicinal use, Schisandra can also be used to process fruit wine, fruit juice drinks, and health products. In daily diets, people often take Schisandra to supplement vitamins and other trace elements.
Schisandra tea is a very common health tea in life and it is very famous in Korea. There are also instant tea bags of Schisandra tea on the market.
1. How to make Schisandra tea
First, rinse the dried Schisandra with water. Then put the Schisandra in the cup, pour it into boiling water, steep it for 10 minutes to drink. According to personal taste, you can add sugar, honey, etc.
The recommended daily dosage of dried Schisandra is 2-6g.
2. Health benefits of Schisandra tea
The medicinal effects and prescriptions of Schisandra have been recorded in more than 10 ancient Chinese medical books. Schisandra tea is also recorded as a prescription in modern Chinese herbal medicine books.
Modern medicine has conducted research and analysis on such a magical Schisandra and found that it contains 17 kinds of amino acids, including 8 kinds of essential amino acids; organic acids mainly include malic acid and citric acid, and a small amount of tartaric acid, succinic acid, and oxalic acid.
It is rich in trace elements, and also contains a variety of vitamins, such as vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin E, and so on.
Main benefits of Schisandra tea:
- Nourishing kidney
- Enhancing endurance and physical fitness
- Astringing the lung for relieving cough
- Protecting the liver and promoting liver detoxification
- Protecting and strengthening the heart
- Treating neurasthenia, calming the nerves, and treating insomnia
- Treating cardiovascular diseases
- Treating acute intestinal infection
- Improving sexual dysfunction such as impotence and spermatorrhea
Besides, Schisandrin, an extract of Schisandra, can treat AIDS. Schisandrin is regarded as an important substance in various medical researches.
3. Side effects of Schisandra tea
Although Schisandra is a medicinal material with powerful nourishing effects, it should not be taken in excess. Otherwise, it may cause hiccups, acid reflux, heartburn, drowsiness, etc., and occasionally allergic reactions.
If you first drink Schisandra tea, you can use 2-3g of Schisandra to brew. As your body adapts, slowly increase the dosage.
Pregnant women should not drink Schisandra tea, which may lead to abortion.