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Skullcap is traditionally used for its calming properties in cases of nervous tension, exhaustion, muscle spasms and even...
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Relaxing herb used for nervous tension, exhaustion, muscle spasms and even mild hysteria.
This plant, native to North America, is easy to recognize because of its pairs of red and blue flowers. The above-ground parts of this plant have long been used as a relaxing herb, and one of its more dramatic names, mad dog skullcap, comes from the fact that it was thought to cure rabies.
Family: Lamiaceae; Origin: North America (S. lateriftora), Russia to China and Japan (S. baicalensis) and Europe (S. galericulata).
Therapeutic Category: Anticonvulsant, sedative (S. lateriflora, S. galericulata); anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, circulatory (S. baicalensis).
Uses and Properties:
The American and European skullcaps are traditional nerve tonics and sedatives. The American species became well known as a treatment for epilepsy, grand mat, hysteria and nervous conditions. It is today widely used in commercial preparations, mainly for nervous conditions - tension, anxiety and insomnia.
Preparation and Dosage: An infusion of 1 - 2 g of the dried herb is taken three times per day (or equivalent doses in the form of tinctures and extracts) Several studies have been carried out with S. baicalensis (mostly on lipid metabolism and histamine) but very few on S. lateriflora. Baikal skullcap does not appear to have any antispasmodic activity but has shown efficacy in the treatment of the symptoms of cerebral thrombosis and paralysis caused by stroke.
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