Skullcap can refer to two herbs: American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicallensis).
These skullcap plants come from the same family, however they have very different actions and indications. American skullcap is native to North America (although it's now found in Europe and in other parts of the world), while Chinese skullcap can be traced back to China and parts of Russia.
Both skullcap herbs are known for their medicinal purposes, although different parts are used: American skullcap leaves and Chinese skullcap roots are used therapeutically.
American skullcap has been widely used for nearly two centuries as a mild relaxant and as a therapy for anxiety, nervous tension and convulsions.
Some Native American tribes used American skullcap to treat rabies and schizophrenia.
Known as a nervine, it has potential as treatment for epilepsy, hysteria, panic attacks, anxiety and sleep disorders. It's able to help induce sleep naturally, without the negative effects of prescription drugs.
Studies showed that American skullcap has antioxidant properties that may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, anxiety and depression and aid liver detoxification.
Chinese skullcap is also a strong antiviral that can work against some viruses, and may exhibit mild antibacterial action against certain strains:
Chinese skullcap has anti histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Many who suffer with arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases are known for using skullcap as a remedy.
American and Chinese skullcap are typically available as tablets, capsules and as a liquid skullcap extract. Where to buy skullcap herbal supplements? Mr Vitamins has a variety of skullcap supplements. Talk to your Mr Vitamins health professional to discover which skullcap preparation best suits your needs.
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