Baical Skullcap Benefits | Immune Balancing & Anti-Allergy
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
Other Common Names
Baikal Scullcap, Chinese Skullcap, Huang Qin & Scullcap
Main Therapeutic Compounds
Flavonoids and glycosides (baicalin, baicalein, wogonoside and wogonin), volatile oils, terpenoids and polysaccharides.
Baical Skullcap Herbal Benefits
Autoimmune disorders || Allergies & Hayfever || Skin Inflammation || Food Allergies
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.
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
Tea & Infusion
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.
Baical Skullcap 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.
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