Introduction to skullcap
Skullcap is a herb that has shown many benefits for people who use it for medicinal purposes, and it has been used to cure many ailments for centuries.
There are two types, American and Chinese.
The American herb grows in Canada and in the northeastern pats of the U.S.
The Chinese herb can be found in Southeast Asia.
Both are effective remedies for serious health problems and are commonly used as home treatments.
However the herb has been known to cause side effects as well.
The herb is usually consumed by putting the dried form of the herb into a tea, but it is also available in capsule form.
The benefits depend on the type of skullcap you are consuming.
The American herb is used commonly as a tranquilizer and it treats neurological problems such as convulsions, tremors, anxiety and nervous tension. It can also reduce physical stress and can get rid of the symptoms of fatigue, panic, depression, headache and insomnia.
In order to get the best possible result from the herb, it is usually mixed with other herbs that give a person a calming effect, such as valerian.
It is also given commonly to women who suffer from more serious PMS symptoms.
The Chinese skullcap is used to treat things such as allergies, infections and inflammations. It can also be used as an anti-fungal and antiviral agent.
The Chinese herb has also been shown to be effective in fighting cancerous cells.
The herb can also give relief for the symptoms of hypertension and diabetes. Side effects
Even though the herb can be very beneficial for human health, there have been many reported cases of side effects from people who take both types of the herb, both American and Chinese.
The biggest problem is that very little research has been done into what triggers these side effects in people.
One of the most common side effects of skullcap is an increase in body temperature, and along with this, people will most commonly experience aches and pains of the muscles, but the pain begins to subside slowly after a while of taking the herb, presumably, because the body is adapting to it.
There have also been people using the herb that have reported side effects such as mental confusion, drowsiness, seizures and an irregular heartbeat after consuming the American type of skullcap.
If these side effects arise, it is of utmost important to inform your doctor of them and cease taking consuming the herb.
Allergic reactions are also common, and there have been people who have experienced mouth swelling, skin rashes, itching, hives and wheezing after taking the herb.