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The healing power of skullcap

  1. Skullcap is native to Siberia, China and North America. It is now also cultivated in Europe and it grows 20 to 40 centimeters high. It blooms in the summer; the flower has a violet color at the top and blue at the bottom. Skullcap is one of the 50 most used medicinal plants in Chinese medicine. It is called Huang qin in China. Skullcap has long been known among mankind as a medicinal herb. It is an anti-allergen, anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial properties. A scientific study conducted at the University of Vienna in 2011 showed that skullcap kills cancer cells and leaves healthy body cells untouched. The same conclusion was also drawn in 2002 through a study by New York University.


  1. Traditional use Naming Active substances Skullcap, good for the liver Skullcap, an anti-allergen Skullcap good for the brain Dose and safety Visit a doctor or herbalist

Traditional use

  1. Skullcap has been a Chinese medicinal herb since at least the second century. It is used in China for cardiovascular disease, chronic hepatitis or liver inflammation. It also increases appetite, strengthens liver function and reduces swelling. In addition, it helps the blood vessels and capillaries; together with other medicinal plants, it is used for arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure, among other things. It is also traditionally prescribed for problems caused by type 2 diabetes mellitus, such as cataracts. Coughs with a lot of mucus, high fevers and digestive problems such as diarrhea and dysentery are solved in folk medicine with skullcap. Nowadays it is more prescribed in herbal medicine for asthma, hives, eczema and hay fever.


  1. In Latin skullcap is called Scutellaria baicalensis. Baical is the name of a lake in Siberia where this plant is found.

Active ingredients

  1. Skullcap is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. The capillary root contains the following important active ingredients: the flavonoids baicalein, wogonin, chrysin, oroxylin A and the skullcap flavones I and II.

Skullcap, good for the liver

  1. Skullcap is an anti-inflammatory herb. It ensures that the production of lipoxygenase products is inhibited. Lipoxygenase plays a role in the metabolism of multiple fatty acids. Cyclo-oxygenase products are also inhibited by skullcap. Cyclo-oxygenase is a process that causes inflammation and eventually symptoms such as flu and fever. Lipid peroxidation in the liver is inhibited by skullcap. This means that the liver will function better again. In phytotherapy it is used for the following indications:

Skullcap, an anti-allergen

  1. Skullcap is anti-allergic. It can be used for food allergies and food intolerances. In addition, it can be used for allergies in the respiratory tract and hay fever. Skullcap has a calming effect and promotes sleep. This is mainly because the flavones wogonin and baicalein bind to the GABA receptors.

Skullcap good for the brain

  1. Woginin and oroxylin A prevent inflammation in brain cells. As a result skullcap is attributed a neuroprotective or brain cell protective effect. It supports learning processes and reduces the risk of amnesia or forgetfulness. Among other things, it can be used as a medicinal plant that prevents neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and dementia, according to recent scientific research.

Dose and Safety

  1. A daily dose of 5 to 8 grams of skullcap is prescribed. This medicinal plant is safe to use. There are very few side effects or contraindications. They may interact with substances that alter blood clotting (platelet aggregation).

Visit a doctor or herbalist

  1. Much of the information about the medicinal plant mentioned in this article comes from Geert Verhelst's book Great Handbook of Medicinal Plants. That is a handbook in phytotherapy. However, it is not suitable for self-healing. Anyone who is bothered by something should visit a doctor or phytotherapist for a proper diagnosis and choice of the best remedies, tailored to your personal situation. The knowledge and science mentioned here is of a purely informational nature.

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