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What is Skullcap?

Botanical Name: Scutellaria baicalensis
Other Common Names Chinese Skullcap:
Huang qin, baikal, baical skullcap root, scute, scutellaria.

Chinese Skullcap is native to Eastern Asia. It thrives on sunny, grassy slopes in higher elevations. This plant grows well in sandy, rocky soils and prefers full sun. This plant prefers dry soils and does well in cultivated planting beds.

Plant Description:
This perennial grows to a height of 0.3 meters and a width of 0.3 meters. This plant has narrow, single erect stems with many 2.5 centimeter bluish-purple flowers. This plant is anchored by a skinless, yellow root.

Plant Parts Used:
The root of chinese skullcap is used for medicinal purposes.

Therapeutic Uses, Claims and Benefits of Chinese Skullcap:
Chinese skullcap has shown anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful as a herbal arthritis treatment.

This plant is a potent antioxidant, which may make this herb helpful in preventing heart disease and limiting the damage to the heart following a heart attack.

Chinese skullcap may even have anti-cancer properties, especially helpful in bladder, liver and other types of cancer.

This medicinal herb may prove useful as a treatment for hepatitis. It also has antihistamine properties which make it a useful a herb for treating asthma and allergies, such as hay fever. In traditional Chinese medicine baical skullcap is used to treat dysentery, common cold, irritability, diarrhea, infections accompanied by fever, urinary tract infections, gout, jaundice, nosebleed, vaginal bleed, abdominal pain and redness of the eyes and face.

This herb is also combined with other herbs to combat high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, allergic diseases, and inflammatory skin diseases Chinese skullcap also has shown aspirin-like anti-inflammatory qualities.

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