Information on Skullcap Herb
Skullcap herb is one of the perennial herbaceous plants that commonly grows in almost all regions of North America. It is very beneficial for the human body and it can be used for various medicinal purposes. It comes from the genus of Scutellaria which includes more than 300 different species. The skullcap herb is the most common of all those species and it is known by its botanical name of scutellaria lateriflora. It can grow more than 3 feet in height and it is also used extensively in the Chinese traditional medicine.
Skullcap Herb Benefits
Skullcap herb is one of the most beneficial herbal remedies for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is known for its very potent, anti inflammatory, emmenagouge, antispasmodic, sedative, astringent, febrifuge and antibacterial properties. Skullcap herb can be used for the prevention and treatment of many different types of medical conditions. It is commonly consumed in the form of an herbal tea but it can also be purchased in the form of capsules, liquid extracts and tinctures. Skullcap herb is an excellent tranquilizer and it can be used in combination with valerian in order to reduce anxiety, tension and stress as well as to reduce the symptoms of depression. It can be of great help for all those who suffer from insomnia, epilepsy, convulsions and muscle spasms because of its powerful sedative and relaxant properties. Skullcap herb is very efficient in reducing fever, relieving inflammatory conditions, relieving fatigue, headaches, stress and exhaustion due to its very strong anti inflammatory and febrifuge qualities. It is also a very potent tonic which means that it is very efficient in preventing nerve cell damage and numerous affiliated medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Women should be aware of the fact that the skullcap herb can be a great help in relieving the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and promoting the menstrual discharge, due to its emmenagogue properties. It can also come in very handy when it comes to prevention and treatment of several other medical conditions such as hysteria, drug addiction withdrawal, neuralgia, alcohol addiction withdrawal, asthma, hiccups, allergies, jaundice, diarrhea, abdominal pain and urinary tract infections.
Skullcap Herb Side Effects
Skullcap herb side effects are usually only connected to the cases of overdose and over consumption. Minor side effects may include giddiness, irregular heart rate, stupor and confusion. Severe side effects may include seizures, breathing difficulty, convulsions, swollen throat, headaches, swollen mouth, liver damage, hives and skin rash. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should steer clear of skullcap herb in any form.