Wu Wei Zi: Fruit for Peak Performance—Modern Discoveries
Saturday, 10/27 at 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM
Wu Wei Zi, the dried fruit of the Schizandra vine, has a long history of use, primarily as a treatment for lung disorders and as an astringent, but modern research has uncovered other applications that point to enhancement of mental and physical function. This presentation will explore the development of Wu Wei Zi arising from research efforts during the past sixty years and its new clinical applications.
The original applications of Wu Wei Zi, as recorded in ancient texts, mostly point to its inclusion as a minor ingredient in formulas for lung diseases and for astringent effects. This early work led to Wu Wei Zi as a frequently used herb, but one which did not generate much interest in further development. Perhaps the most important ancient use came with the formula Sheng Mai San, the pulse-generating powder that has become an important base for modern prescriptions. During the post-revolutionary period in China, research into Wu Wei Zi's effects on the brain and immune system became a new area of interest, stimulated by research outside of China. Most practitioners of Chinese medicine tend to use Wu Wei Zi according to its more limited ancient applications, so this presentation will broaden the understanding of its clinical use, particularly for enhancing performance.