Wu Wei Zi is a fruit from the Schisandra chinensis vine that roughly translates to ‘Five Taste Fruit’ because biting into it gives you five different flavors. It also goes by several other names such as Magnolia Vine, Schisandra and Youth Berry. The vine is native to the far east of Russia and the north of China.
The Five Taste Fruit is a favorite for practitioners of herbal and alternative holistic health for treating many ailments and is especially popular in TCM, or traditional Chinese medicine.
A Quick List of Health Benefits
- Hydrates Skin
- Kidney and Liver Cleanser
- Sexual Health
- Cognitive Enhancer (Specifically mental endurance and focus)
- Nerve Pain
- Asthma and Coughing
- High Cholesterol
Wu Wei Zi Health Benefits
Adaptogens are basically herbs noted for their ability to boost energy and improve the immune system. Like ginseng, another adaptogen, the Chinese Wu Wei Zi has the ability to reduce stress and calm the body of anxiety. The beauty of this plant is that even as it reduces stress, it doesn’t make you tired or promote lethargy. Hence, it’s something you can take when you want to boost your focus and energy on work for the night. To maximize this effect combine it with shilajit.
Traditionalists also claim that the herb is capable of improving the skin, making someone look younger and fresher after considerable use. When taken regularly, Wu Wei Zi manages to retain water longer, which means that it can hydrate the skin as well as any other lotion.
Although not completely a cleansing agent, the Wu Wei Zi plant can help remove toxins from the body, which in turn improves the situation of the skin. If you’re constantly feeling lethargic due to the accumulation of toxins in the body, the Youth Berry would make a wonderful supplement to cleanse and bring back your body’s typical energy.
According to Chinese medicine, Wu Wei Zi is also something you can take when having problems in bed. It’s supposed to work for both men and women, giving them a stronger libido and better stamina to please their partners. It’s said to be particularly effective in relieving the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
As for memory, scientific studies have noted that through taking in reasonable amounts of the Wu Wei Zi plant, you’ll be able to increase the efficiency of the mind. While not considered a pure cognitive enhancer or nootropic, its benefits for the brain are considerable.
Although popular in Chinese medicine, the plant is actually used in different parts of Asia. This is why it is used for numerous ailments including nerve pain, PMS, night sweats, asthma, cough, high cholesterol, depression and more.
Wu Wei Zi is considered safe up to a point. As a rule, it’s supposed to be taken only by mouth, which means that the beauty effects of the plant only occur through oral intake. As a general precaution, pregnant or breastfeeding women are discouraged from drinking the tea or taking the supplement. People with GERD, epilepsy, and High Brain Pressure (or Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP) should also avoid the intake of the product.
Consult your doctor first, especially if you’re currently taking medications for pre-existing problems.
More scientific medical studies and clinical trials are needed on the potential health benefits and risks associated with the traditional Chinese herb Wu Wei Zi. I’d especially like to see trials on the anti-anxiety effects.
Dosage and Intake
Wu Wei Zi tea is the most common choice of intake for this plant. I think this is the best Schizandra tea recipe I’ve found. Quick, easy and effective!
Prepared in a traditional way, you’ll find that the Schisandra tea comes with a wonderful pinkish hue and a pleasant taste. One cup of tea per day should help provide the positive medicinal effects on your body. There are also supplements containing Wu Wei Zi extract that can be more easily obtained if you can’t find the dried berries of the herb. It’s sometimes called Jeju Wu Wei Zi.