In clinical practice it appears to be a very effective antimicrobial against many types of organisms (fungal, bacterial, viral, etc.). It also has been very useful in patients who have suffered from liver stress or need to possibly excrete some stored xenobiotics, chemicals, metals, and mycotoxins. There are quite a few patients who need to be on it for 3-6 months and report many positive changes from taking it. We have seen it help chronic eczema as well. Chinese medicine typically prescribes Schisandra to treat mental illnesses such as depression, and to help against insomnia.