When we experience chronic stress symptoms, we often find that our immune system becomes compromised and less able to fight infection. In fact, one of the worst effects of chronic stress is that it suppresses the immune system. Most people are aware of this because when they become stressed and run down, they often get a cold.
In addition, where this stress can be emotional or work related, it can also include environmental factors like weather or poor air quality. Schizandra berry has a good reputation in aiding the immune system when it is affected by ongoing, chronic stress of all kinds. Early studies have demonstrated that Schizandra can reverse the negative effects of stress on the immune system and prevent the immune suppression caused chronic stress when taken as a preventative supplement.
Schizandra is one of the adaptogenic herbs that is helpful to assist countless health issues that are related to both immune health and long term chronic stress. This includes colds and flu symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic coughing, and much more. When the body is stressed, it releases a stress hormone called cortisol. If you are stressed for a short period of time, the amount of cortisol released is not a problem. However, if you are stressed long term, prolonged, elevated levels of cortisol directly cause a suppressed immune system as well as heart disease, obesity and can even shrink parts of your brain. While the elimination of the stress is always the best treatment, consuming Schizandra can reduce the stress and elevated cortisol on your body, and therefor bring down all of its ill affects on the immune system and general body health.
In addition, Schizandra is a Qi tonic considered particularly beneficial for the Lung organ-meridian. This part of the organ meridian system in Chinese medicine is known to be responsible for the production and distribution of Defensive Qi, ie, the Qi that governs the immunse system. Schizandra is also traditionally regarded as helping to gather together exhausted Qi, causing overall balance for the body to regain momentum toward it’s own natural health.