Herb of the Day: Baical Skullcap


Baical Skullcap
( Scutellaria baicalensis )

Parts used: Root

In 1973, 92 wooden tablets were discovered in a 2nd century AD tomb in northwestern China. Among other herbs listed in prescriptions for decoctions, tincture, pills, and ointments was Baical skullcap. The herb has had a central place in Chinese herbal medicines at least since that time and is one of the main remedies for, hot and damp, conditions such as dysentery and diarrhea.

Contains: favonoids, baicalin, wogonside, sterols, benzoic acid.
Baical Skullcap is a native North American remedy for anxiety or stress. It is found in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, And Russia. It is a perennial growing to 1- 4 ft. high, with lance shaped leaves and purple blue flowers. It thrives on sunny grassy slopes and in open areas between 350 ft and 8,000 ft above sea level. It is propagated from seed sown in autumn and the root of 3 to 4 year old plants is harvested in autumn or spring. It is a important medicinal plant in China and is also cultivated as an ornamental. Baical Skullcap has been widely researched in China, and it is clear that it has marked anti inflammatory, antiallergy, and antioxodant effects, all 3 actions mostly being due to the flavonoids.
Aids with: asthma, hay fever, eczema, nettle rash, a promise in treating bronchitis, dyesntery,high blood pressure, chronic hepatitis, allergic rhinitis,diabetes,cataracts, painful urinary conditions,,circulation, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins, easy bruising, sores, swelling, boils.

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