Schisandra stimulates the immune system, fights cancer cells, protects and regenerates the liver, and increases the body’s ability to handle stress. Schisandra is an herb that adapts to the body’s needs, stimulating it in one situation and sedating it in other circumstances. It can help revive the body from fatigue and stress. It activates the nervous system without the jittery side effect of caffeine. Schisandra has an adaptogenic quality, which means it can restore energy balance to the body. Schisandra raises the body’s amount of the enzyme glutathione. Glutathione is a detoxifier and in turn, improves mental clarity. The schisandra berry has been described as an herb that develops mental and physical health and can potentially increase the body’s ability to adapt to varied stimuli. Laboratory studies have demonstrated schisandra’s ability to make the enzyme, glutathione peroxidase, which deactivates several kinds of toxic “free radicals” that attack the outer membranes of liver cells. This process is believed to offset the damage done to the liver by viral hepatitis, alcohol and HIV/AIDS. Further support for the liver comes in the form of another constituent in schisandra, gomison-A. Gomison-A helps to prevent liver inflammation and tissue destruction (without compromising the immune system’s ability to fight the underlying infection). It helps in digestion and regulating stomach acid release. Studies have shown schisandra’s ability to quicken reflexes, relieve fatigue, increase work efficiency, control anger and improve headaches, insomnia, dizziness, and palpitations. It also has the ability to promote mental function, improve memory, and benefit learning. Schizandra is antibacterial. In addition, schizandra is used to treat the common cold, asthma, cough, sore throat, hepatitis, allergic skin reactions and chronic diarrhea.