Wu Wei Zi


Wu Wei Zi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Wu Wei Zi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: schisandra, Chinese magnolia vine fruit, orange magnolia vine fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis
Properties: sour, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, HT, KD

Flavors: sour

Special Properties:
resolves dryness

Actions / Indications:
  • Contains leakage of LU qi; stops cough (chronic cough and wheeze due to LU deficiency or LU and KD deficiency)
  • Tonifies KD; binds Kidney essence; stops diarrhea (spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, nocturnal emission; urinary frequency due to KD deficiency; cock's crow diarrhea due to SP and KD deficiency)
  • Inhibits sweating; generates fluids (excessive sweating especially with dry throat and thirst; qi collapse, spontaneous sweating; night sweating; xiao ke)
  • Quiets spirit; calms HT (anxiety, blood and yin deficiency of HT and KD; irritability, palpitations, dreams disturbed sleep; insomnia)
  • (cc: when exterior condition is not resolved)
  • (cc: early stage of coughs or rashes)
  • (cc: heat excess from interior)

    Special Notes:
  • Wu Wei Zi and Wu Bei Zi both astringe the sweat, urine, and stop diarrhea but Wu Bei Zi is more for heat deficiency while Wu Wei Zi tonifies KD, generates body fluids, nourishes HT, and calms shen.
  • Modern day use for improving LV function in hepatitis patients; lowers LV enzymes; also used to treat allergice skin disorders