Chinese Scullcap is a member of the mint family, which grows in China and Russia. The root part of the plant is used in herbal preparations. It should not be confused with American Scullcap which has very different actions and uses.
Chinese scullcap is typically used in herbal combinations in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat inflammatory skin conditions, allergies, high cholesterol and triglycerides.
What it does
Chinese scullcap contains a number of flavanoids including baicalin, which has antioxidant, protective effects on the liver. It also contains tannins and volatile oil. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-microbial.
The dried herb can be infused to make a herb tea which can be drunk up to 3 times a day.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Chinese scullcap.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Chinese scullcap.