Skullcap is the name
of a flowering perennial plant from the mint family,
With the scientific name
this plant can be found in North America’s wet
habitats. There are a few names for skullcap,
including mad dog and blue skullcap. The range of
health benefits enjoyed by frequent users of
skullcap is due to the presence of various phenolic
compounds and flavones that impact the body in many
different ways. The plant was traditionally used by
native Americans for hundreds of years.
Skullcap tea is a
popular method to balance the hormones in your body,
as it stimulates the release of
endorphins and generally balances your mood.
If you are feeling worked up for no reason, and
constantly feel tense, then perhaps what you need is
a simple cup of this tea. Phenolic compounds can
have a wide range of effect on our hormonal balance,
as they happen to be rich in
antioxidant compounds. There are many herbs
such as saw palmetto that can provide relief from
stress and anxiety.
analgesic properties, meaning that consuming
it can help to relieve pain throughout the body,
partially through a reduction in inflammation.
However, you can form a paste of the dried one and
apply it directly to the areas that are experiencing
pain. This can be a major boost for the healing of
wounds or if you are recovering from an injury.
Also, small scrapes and bruises can be healed more
rapidly by applying it topically, as the rich
phenolic compounds and flavones stimulate blood flow
to the skin and help prevent
If you suffer from a
nervous disorder, you may have experienced seizures
or other spasmodic side effects that result from a
problem in your nervous system. Skullcap tea can
soothe the nervous system and prevent these
episodes. It has been traditionally used to reduce
seizure frequency and severity in those patients.
Adding skullcap to drinking water once a day has
also been associated with this positive benefit.
This plant is also a
nervine with sedative qualities and is helpful in
the treatment of many nervous conditions such as
epilepsy, hysteria, anxiety, delirium tremens and as
a remedy for panic
It has also been found useful in treating symptoms
of withdrawal from barbiturates and tranquilizers.
If you are looking for
a way to detoxify your body and boost your overall
health, skullcap tea may be just the thing. Skullcap
has been associated with increased
antioxidant activity in the liver, which is one of
the slowest-recovering organs, and this effect can
significantly boost the efficiency of your liver.
This reduces toxin levels in the body and blood,
thereby improving overall health and wellness.
Insulin and glucose
regulation is essential and it appears that skullcap
is able to increase the production of insulin by the
pancreas and helps to regulate the insulin levels in
the body. Furthermore, it has been linked to lower
cholesterol levels, which is an exacerbating factor
By reducing the level
cholesterol in the heart, skullcap is able to
lower the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attacks,
coronary heart diseases, and strokes that often
accompany the build-up of plaque in the arteries.
Although research on
this particular aspect of skullcap is still unclear,
it appears that the reduction of
triglycerides stimulated by this herb can
help with rapid weight loss when combined with a
proper diet. This research is ongoing but presents
an option for those looking for new ways to lose
According to the International Journal of Molecular
Medicine, Chinese skullcap has been known to induce
apoptosis (sudden cell death), in
cancerous cells and is used for the treatment
of cancer. This action is found to be caused by a
compound called scutellarein in the herb.
The Medicines Research
Group, School of Health and Bioscience, University
of East London, Stratford, UK found that skullcap
has been used as an herbal remedy for the treatment
of lung cancer in the Chinese medicine. Although no
sufficient evidence is available, there is a chance
of apoptosis induced by skullcap and it also acts as
a toxin to lung cancer cells. This is surely a great
finding in the world of medicine.
Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D.,
a member of the American Association for Cancer
Research, in his research on the effects of skullcap
on the brain tumor cells, found that it helps to
inhibit the cancer cell growth and is also a
potential adjuvant treatment to current
chemotherapeutic agents used in cancer treatment.
One 2007 study by
the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
University also suggests that skullcap can be a very
anticancer agent in the treatment of prostate
Avoid excess intake of
this herb as it may cause giddiness, nausea, and
lightheadedness, as well as seizures in
extreme cases. Always get it from a trusted,
certified source, and don’t combine it with other
medicines, unless you specifically discuss the
choice with your doctor.