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.
It is not known how schisandra might help depression.
There is no scientific evidence on schisandra for the treatment of depression.
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.
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 December 2016