Chinese magnolia vine. Chinese magnolia vine fruits and seeds

Chinese magnolia vine. Chinese magnolia vine fruits and seeds

Chinese magnolia vine. Chinese magnolia vine fruits and seeds

Specification & Spread

Magnolia vine fruits — fructus schisandrae
Magnolia vine seeds — semina schisandrae
Chinese magnolia vine — schisandra chinensis (turcz.) Вaill.
Schisandraceae — schisandraceae
It is a dioecious or monoecious woody vine with climbing stems, reaching 8-10 m long and 1-2 cm thick; with wrinkled, dark brown colour, flaky bark, on young shoots bark is smooth, shiny, red-brown or yellowish.
The leaves are alternate, petiolate, elliptical or obovate with a wedge-shaped base and a pointed tip, finely toothed.
The flowers are dioecious, gathered on 2-5 in the axils of the leaves, white and pink, fragrant. The fruit is a juicy multileaf with a receptacle extending during fruiting, on which 4-40 juicy bright red berry-like leaflets are located.
The seeds are yellow and reniform.
The leaves and young shoots when rubbed smell lemon.
It flowers in May – June, the fruits ripen in September – October.
Spreading. It is found in the Primorsky Territory and in the south of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sakhalin and Amur regions. Mountain taiga plant. It grows in China, Japan, Korea.
Habitat In the coniferous-deciduous forests of the Manchu type with the participation of Korean pine (Korean pine), as well as in the dark coniferous taiga in the composition of riparian forests. It prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil. It grows along the banks of rivers and streams, along forest roads. In the mountains – at an altitude of 200-500 m above sea level.
Mangolia vine is cultivated in culture. One plant gives 4-5 kg of fruit.


The chemical composition of magnolia vine
In all parts of magnolia vine contains lignans: in the pericarp and seeds – up to 4-5%.
There are:

  • schizandrin,
  • schizandrol,
  • deoxyschisandrin and others.

It is the one that determines the healing effect of the plant.
In addition, the fruits contain:

  • many organic acids – citric (11%), malic (10%), tartaric, oxalic, succinic, ascorbic (up to 500 mg%).

There are

  • sesquiterpenoids,
  • flavonoids,
  • catechins and anthocyanins,
  • pectic substances and sugars.

The seeds contain:

  • essential oil (1.9-2.9%),
  • sesquiterpene ketones,
  • vitamin E,
  • fatty oil (up to 33%).

The latter is a viscous liquid, which consists of glycerides of linolenic, oleic acids, etc.

Harvesting and storage of raw materials

Harvesting. The fruits are harvested in the period of full maturity (in September – October), carefully cutting off or cutting off the brush with a knife or scissors. The seeds are obtained after squeezing the fresh fruit juice, the seeds are freed from pulp (pulp) by washing with water.
Security measures. Mangolia vine has a limited range. When harvesting, you should not break the branches and tree-support, do not tie the vine with the support.
Drying. The harvested fruits are dried before drying for 2-3 days, then cut off, freeing from the receptacle (axes of the brush), and further subjected to drying in artificial dryers at a temperature of 40-55 ºС for 6-8 hours. The seeds are dried in heated rooms, scattering in a thin layer, or in dryers with ventilation at a temperature of 50-60ºС.
Storage. It is stored in warehouses, on racks, in fabric or paper bags, in a dry, well-ventilated room in a special pantry for fruits and seeds.

The fruits are round, often deformed, large-wrinkled, single (5-9 mm in diameter) or stuck together several. In the flesh of the fruit are 1-2 brilliant, rounded-reniform, yellowish-brown or light brown seeds.
The colour of fruits is from reddish to dark red, sometimes almost black.
The smell is weak and specific. The taste is spicy, bitter-sour with a tart flavour and a characteristic burning flavour in the mouth.
The seeds are round-reniform, on the concave side with a noticeable dark gray rim located across the seed. The length is 3-5 mm, the width is 2-4.5 mm, the thickness is 1.5-2.5 mm. The surface is smooth, shiny, yellowish-brown colour. The seeds consist of hard, brittle peel and a dense core, which may be absent in underdeveloped seeds. The peel breaks easily and easily lags behind the core. The horseshoe-shaped nucleus, waxy yellow, one end tapered pointed, the other rounded. On the convex side of the nucleus of the seed passes a light brown groove. The bulk of the seed core is the endosperm. At the pointed end of the apex (in the endosperm) lies a small embryo visible under a magnifying glass.
The smell when rubbed strong and specific. The taste is spicy and bitter-hot.

Properties and application

Pharmacotherapeutic group. General tonic and adaptogenic agent.
The pharmacological properties of magnolia vine
It is associated with the presence of lignans.
Lignans possess a wide range of pharmacological activity:

  • stimulate the central nervous system
  • have anti-inflammatory,
  • antioxidant,
  • antimicrobial action.

The amount of lignans in magnolia vine has:

  • tonic and
  • adaptogenic properties.

Application of mangolia vine
The fruits and seeds of magnolia vine are used to obtain tincture used as:

  • stimulating and adaptogenic remedy for physical and mental fatigue.

Mangolia vine is effective in:

  • asthenic and
  • depressive syndromes (psychasthenia, traumatic cerebrostia, reactive depression in patients with atherosclerosis).

Mangolia vine tincture is used to enhance colour differentiation in persons working with colour signals.
As an adaptogen tincture of magnolia vine is used for prevention:

  • flu and
  • acute respiratory infections in children and adults.

The absence of side effects and cumulative properties makes it possible to attribute the preparations of magnolia vine to valuable stimulating agents.
The preparations of magnolia vine are taken strictly on doctor’s prescription.
In order to avoid violations of night sleep it is not taken in the evening.

It is contraindicated in

  • nervous excitement
  • high blood pressure and
  • heart rhythm disorders.