BAICAL SKULLCAP // Immune Balancing & Anti-Allergy

baical skullcap health benefits

Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a member of the mint family and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years. It is beneficial for its antioxidant,
anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating and liver-protective actions.

 

Baical Skullcap Pharmacology

Scutellaria baicalensis

Botanical Name

Scutellaria baicalensis

Other Common Names

Baikal Scullcap, Chinese Skullcap, Huang Qin & Scullcap

Parts Used

Root

Main Therapeutic Compounds

Flavonoids and glycosides (baicalin, baicalein, wogonoside and wogonin), volatile oils, terpenoids and polysaccharides.

Herbal Actions

Anti-inflammatory
Anti-allergic
Anti-oxidant
Hepatoprotective
Antibacterial

 

Baical Skullcap Herbal Benefits

Allergies, Hayfever & Food Intolerances

Baical Skullcap contains the compounds baicalin, baicalein and wogonin and is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and immune-modulating. Several studies on these compounds have found an inhibitory binding effect between immune cells and antigens, which prevents histamine release from mast cells. Baical Skullcap may help manage allergic and chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis, autoimmune disorders and chronic infections.

Interestingly, Baical Skullcap may also be useful for managing the symptoms of food allergies and intolerances. Baicalein has been shown to decrease inflammatory cytokines, inhibit COX-2 gene expression and reduce the release of histamine from IgE stimulated mast cells. This action has proved useful for reducing mild food reactions and helping prevent the systemic effects of food intolerances.

Skin Inflammation & Eczema

Baical Skullcap is widely used in Chinese medicine to treat inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. The constituents baicalein and wogonin have also demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects that inhibit IgE-antibody-mediated skin reactions. This mechanism is beneficial for reducing inflammation in eczema, psoriasis and acne and has also shown antimicrobial activity against various microorganisms.

Liver Protective

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions of Baical Skullcap has shown promising results as a liver tonic to support healthy liver function, repair liver damage and improve natural detoxification processes.
Current research suggests Baical Skullcap may prevent alcohol-induced DNA damage in the liver, increase the activity of detoxification enzymes and possibly prevent liver scarring (fibrosis).

 

Baical Skullcap Typical Use

Dried Herb & Powdered Extract

2-4 grams daily in capsule, tablet or powder form.

Tincture & Liquid Extract

Typical use of Baical Skullcap tincture or liquid extract is approximately 2-8mls daily, or as directed by your practitioner.

Herbal Combinations

Combines well with Nettle Leaf, Albizia, Calendula, Burdock and Dandelion Root.

Cautions & Safety

Not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.
If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications, please consult your primary healthcare practitioner prior to use.

Baical Skullcap tincture 50-500ml

References

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Krakauer, T., Li, B. Q., and Young, H. A. The flavonoid baicalin inhibits superantigen-induced inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. FEBS Lett. 6-29-2001;500(1-2):52-55

Ye, F., Xui, L., Yi, J., Zhang, W., and Zhang, D. Y. Anticancer activity of Scutellaria baicalensis and its potential mechanism. J Altern Complement Med 2002;8(5):567-572.

Yoon, S. B., Lee, Y. J., Park, S. K., Kim, H. C., Bae, H., Kim, H. M., Ko, S. G., Choi, H. Y., Oh, M. S., and Park, W. Anti-inflammatory effects of Scutellaria baicalensis water extract on LPS-activated RAW 264.7 macrophages. J Ethnopharmacol. 9-7-2009;125(2):286-290.

Kim, D. S., Son, E. J., Kim, M., Heo, Y. M., Nam, J. B., Ro, J. Y., and Woo, S. S. Antiallergic herbal composition from Scutellaria baicalensis and Phyllostachys edulis. Planta Med 2010;76(7):678-682

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