The central nervous system (CNS) controls most functions of the body and mind. It consists of two parts: the brain and the spinal cord. The brain is the center of our thoughts, the interpreter of our external environment, and the origin of control over body movement. Like a central computer, it interprets information from all of our bodily senses and internal organs.
The spinal cord is the highway for communication between the body and the brain. When the spinal cord is injured or impaired, the exchange of information between the brain and other parts of the body and senses is disrupted. Even when the central nervous system is affected by minor stress, over stimulation, or exhaustion, a person can feel clumsy, uncoordinated or disoriented.
Schizandra is known for it’s balancing affect on the body’s systems and for it’s role as an important adaptogen in the world of natural pharmacology. An adaptogen is a remedy that reduces the effect of stress on the body by reducing the production of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. Schizandra has been proven be countless studies to be a particularly helpful adaptogen in its ability to have a strong impact on the nervous system.
Schizandra was shown to have a beneficial effect in balancing the nervous system to produce a healthy, normalizing response to stress, even after traumatic conditions. It produces a healthy stimulation to all levels of the central nervous system, but unlike stimulants, it does so in a non-stressful manor.
Adaptogens, differ in significant ways from classical Central Nervous System stimulants. Experiments have shown that adaptogens do not have direct anti-narcotic effects on the CNS unlike other stimulants such as phenamine or caffeine. The mechanisms of action of adaptogens to the CNS are related to the regulation of stress affects, which in term support the body’s natural balance and energy flow. They are associated with the biochemical adaptation of cells to this stress. Stimulants on the other hand, produce an almost artificial surge of energy, resulting in potential burn-out and increased long term stress.
Below is a common graph that outlines the general differences to be expected of stimulants and adaptogens on the CNS.
|Recovery process after exhaustive physical load||Low||High|
|Performance in stress||Decreased||Increased|
|Survival in stress||Decreased||Increased|
|DNA/RNA and protein synthesis||Decreased||Increased|