Wu Wei Zi - Schisandra Fruit/Seed

TCM Materia Medica

Wu Wei Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "wu wei zi" which in english is "schisandra fruit/seed", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and lung channels and exhibits sour (suan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 1.5-3g raw
  • Tonic: 6-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Constrain leakage of lung qi, enriches kidney yin - chronic cough and wheezing due to kidney and lung deficiency.
  • Tonify the kidneys, bind the essence, stop diarrhea - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, frequent urination, daybreak diarrhea.
  • Inhibits sweating, generates fluids - thirst with excess sweat, spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, xiao ke.
  • Quiet the spirit, calm the heart - irritability, palpitations, insomnia due to blood deficiency or kidney and heart yin injury.

Wu Wei Zi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Do Not Use With Presence Of OPI.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, wu wei zi is generally included in the following 19 formulas:

  • An Shen Bu Xin Wan (Calm the Shen and Supplement the Heart Pills) - Insomnia and palpitations Anxiety, possible difficulty wit…
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  • Bi Yan Wan (Nose Inflammation Tablets) - For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combinatio…
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  • Bu Nao Wan (Brain Supplementing Pills) - A range of psychiatric, cognitive decline, trauma issues - …
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  • Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan (Great Yang Restoration Pills) - Fatigue, weakness, with pale complexion due to chronic qi a…
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  • Geng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause) - Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moo…
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  • Jiang Tang Wan (Lower Blood Sugar Pill) - Nourish the yin and tonify qi with particular emphasis on d…
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  • Mai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination) - Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified versio…
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  • Ming Mu Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes) - Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes …
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  • Qing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction) - Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic…
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  • Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan (Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi) - Please note that there are two formulas with the same name …
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  • Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi) - Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calm…
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  • Sheng Mai San Wan (Generate the Pulse Pills) - Respiratory issues from lung qi and yin deficiencies - chro…
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  • Sheng Mai Yin Wan (Replenish Pulse Pills) - Dry mouth, dry skin, dark or scanty urine from yin and flui…
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  • Shen Jing Shuai Ruo Wan (Stress Reducing Pill) - For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Ch…
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  • Te Xiao Zao Ren An Mian Wan (Peaceful Sleep Tablets) - Insomnia, vivid dreaming, nightmares. Acute emotional inst…
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  • Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan (Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart) - Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes,…
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  • Wu Zi Yang Zong Wan (Five Seeds to Bring Forth Offspring) - Impotence, premature ejaculation, noctural emissions, low l…
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  • Xiao Qing Long Wan (Minor Blue Dragon Pills) - Cold/flu like symptoms such as aversion to cold, cough, cle…
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  • Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills) - Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin defici…
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    As noted above, wu wei zi is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... stabilizing and binding herbs most often have sour and astringent properties. they are useful for conditions involving excess discharges …)".

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