Baical skullcap




Latin Botanical: Scutellaria baicalensis

Common Name(s): Baical skullcap, Chinese skullcap

Family: Lamiaceae

Part(s) Used: Root, aerial parts, flowers

Energetics: Bitter, dry and cold




Chinese skullcap labeled a “noteworthy antiolytic” (anti-anxiety effects). Considered a nerve trophorestorative. Meaning it balances, thus restores the central nervous system by nourishing and rebuilding the nerve pathways. Allowing us to reprogram our over stimulated reaction into a regulated and calm response.




  • Antiallergic (Stabilising mast cells)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Antioxidant (in vitro & in vivo)
  • Hepatoprotective (in vivo)
  • Aldose Reductase Inhibitor (in vitro & in vivo)
  • Sedative (in vitro – wogonin, baicalein, scutellarein & baicalin)




  • Flavonoids (6.4-17%) – baicalein, baicalin, wogonoside, wogonin,
  • Baicalin is the major constituent, which undergoes decomposition to form baicalein
  • Skullcap flavone I and II
  • Chrysin
  • High in melatonin (Buhner)


Chronic inflammatory conditions:


Chinese skullcap has been shown to inhibit the inflammation associated with:


  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Scarlet fever
  • Coughs with thick yellow sputum
  • Pneumonia
  • Potential for circadian rhythm support and to support sleep cycles due to melatonin content – take in evening




History of adulteration with germanader, a hepatotoxic plant, causing stupor, confusion, giddiness and twitching of the limbs. Please purchase Chinese skullcap through a trusted source.


safety in “medicinal”  amounts during pregnancy is still unknown.



May potentiate any sedative pharmacopeia medication(s))

Losartan May increase drug levels.
Clinical trial with healthy volunteers (water-based extract, A dried herb equivalent: 12 g/day). Monitor (low level of risk at typical doses)

Rosuvastatin (May decrease drug levels.)
Clinical study with healthy volunteers using 150 mg/day of isolated constituent (baicalin). Monitor (low level of risk)






Dosage is in ranges; for safety please work with a qualified herbalist who is trained in proper phytotherapy dosing and possible contraindications, so they can help you navigate a dosage that is personal for you based on weight, age, and if the cause of concern is chronic or acute.


TINCTURE: 2-4mL (1:2,40%) 3x/day

INFUSION: Dried herb; 3–6 g/day divided into 1-3 doses.




Please contact me directly for childrens dosage, or please work with a qualified herbalist who is trained in proper phytotherapy dosing and possible contraindications.








































































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