Skullcap is the common name for Scutellaria, a type of flowering plant in the mint family. The leaves of American skullcap have been used in traditional herbal medicine as a sedative and to treat conditions like anxiety and convulsions. The plant was prized by Native Americans for its powerful medicinal properties.
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Research shows that skullcap may help fight many forms of cancer cells. It’s believed that certain flavones, which are antioxidants within the plant, are responsible for these anticancer effects, ultimately inhibiting the growth. This is believed to be due to its free radical scavenging characteristics it contains, which prevents viral infections. Oxidative stressaffects some brain-related diseases, such as anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and Parkinson’s disease, research indicates that bioactive compounds found in skullcap, may neutralize and even eliminate toxic free radicals. It’s been shown to help with arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases as well help protect neuronal cells. Research analyzing the use of herbal medicine for insomnia suggests that herbs including skullcap, lemon balm and passion flower are often used to improve sleep. A study revealed cardioprotective effects of baicalein, giving evidence that pretreatment could prevent, and possibly terminate, some heart disease conditions, such as myocardial infarction.
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May help fight cancer cells, calms anxiety as a nerve tonic, reduces inflammation, helps protect neuronal cells, reduce risk of heart disease, may treat epilepsy and reduce muscle spasms.