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 Question mark: This treatment has not been properly researched. It is not possible to say whether they are useful or not.

What is it?

Schisandra (scientific name Schisandra chinensis) is a type of vine native to China and Russia. It produces red berries, also known as “five flavour berries” which are used in alternative medicine.

How does it work?

It is not known how schisandra might help depression.

Is it effective?

There is no scientific evidence on schisandra for the treatment of depression. 

Are there any disadvantages?

Dietary and herbal supplements, including schisandra, may have negative interactions with prescribed medications or other supplements. They should always be taken under the supervision of a health care professional.

Where do you get it?

Schisandra supplements can be purchased from health food shops and alternative medicine providers.


Given the lack of evidence on schisandra, it cannot be recommended as a treatment for depression.

Last updated and reviewed: 1 November 2019