Schisandra is a vine that grows in Asia and parts of Europe. The berries have been used to improve liver function and overall well-being. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Schisandra can also be made into tea or juice.
There are no advised doses for schisandra.
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It is likely safe for most adults to take schisandra in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is not known whether it is safe to take by women who are breastfeeding. Schisandra may be unsafe during pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
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Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 3/30/2020