Schisandra chinensis, a climbing perennial vine with deciduous leaves, has been an official drug in the Russian Pharmacopeia since 1961 and has myriad uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The root of the balloon flower is used as an expectorant.
In China, dried schisandra fruits are known as wu-wei-zi, which means “five-flavor fruits,” because they are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent.
Rehmannia has been used to treat hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, and dermatitis.
Baikal skullcap root is used to treat fevers, colds, and high blood pressure.
Fo-ti root is used to strengthen the blood and invigorate the liver and kidneys.
Noni fruits have been used historically as a treatment for diabetes, tonsillitis, and sore throats.