Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, Schizandra is valued as a tonic, adaptogen, immune-booster, and to increase vitality and stamina. It is considered a very balanced herb, containing all 5 elemental flavours (sweet, salty, sour, bitter & pungent), and balancing to all three treasures of Jing, Qi, & Shen (body, spirit, & soul). It especially supplies Jing or creative/sexual energy to the body.
In one study, racehorses given Schizandra extract reduced their 800-meter time by a competitive advantage of six lengths, and also recovered much more quickly after exertion. In China, Schizandra is valued by women as a restorative to youth, sexual vitality, and energy, and by both sexes as a protective against all types of stress and fatigue.