Last update June 17, 2017

Schisandra chinensis

Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

The fruits and seeds are used from this shrub, which grows in Russia, China, Japan and Korea.

Used in traditional Chinese medicine attributing to it astringent, invigorating, detoxifying and liver protection properties, none of which have been scientifically proven (WHO 2007: p.296-313).

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Free of toxicity, moderate use during breastfeeding would have little or no risk.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, as well as poisoning from heavy metals extracted from the ground and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi.
2. Do not take in large amounts; follow recommendations from professional experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not always good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can result in poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if taken in excessive amounts or time periods.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Schisandra chinensis is Squisandra in Latin, botanical name.

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Main tradenames from several countries containing Schisandra chinensis in its composition:

  • Adrenoid™. Contains other elements than Schisandra chinensis in its composition


  1. Jiang P, Lu Y, Chen D. Authentication of Schisandra chinensis and Schisandra sphenanthera in Chinese patent medicines. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2016 Abstract
  2. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 3. WHO monographs. 2007 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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