Schisandra berry has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. In mandarin, it is referred to as 'WU Wei Zi', which means 'five taste fruit' – This is because when you eat the berry you can taste all 5 flavours of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy.
Schisandra is considered an adaptogen and so helps the body to adapt well to the common stresses of life. It is often used by herbalist (in a liquid form which is called a tincture) to help the body to function optimally during stress.
It is also known to work well at reducing coughing, and so is useful in conditions where a reduction of coughing would offer relief.