Schizandra Berry Cut


Botanical Name Schisandra chinensis

Common Name:

  • English:  Schisandra, Five flavor berry
  • Also, known as:  Bac ngu vi tu, bei wuweizi, Chinesischer Limonenbaum, Chinese magnolia vine, Chinese mock-barberry, chosen-gomishi, lemonwood, limonnik kitajskij, matsbouza, m mei gee, ngu mei gee, northern magnoliavine, o-mee-ja, o-mi-d’ja, o-mi-ja, omicha, ornija, pen ts’ao, schisandra, dheng-mai-yin, wu-wei-zi, wu-weitzu and shisandra

Habitat: Asia

Origin:  China

Harvested:  Cultivated

Parts Used: Fruit                                                              

General Information:

Schisandra is native to Asia. The woody vine grows to 25 feet (7.5 meters) and has white, yellow, or pink fragrant flowers, followed by bunches of red berries with two seeds inside. The vine is also known as bay star vine, magnolia vine, and wu Wei Zi.

The berries are irregularly spheroidal or compressed-spheroidal, 5–8 mm in diameter, externally dark red to blackish-red or covered with “white powder”, wrinkled, oily, with soft pulp. Seeds, one to two, reniform, externally brownish-yellow to dark red-brown, lustrous, with distinct raphe on the dorsal side.

How to use:   

Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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