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What is skullcap?
Skullcap is a plant. it's botanical name is Scutellaria lateriflora .It is native to North America, but is now widely cultivated in Europe and other areas of the world. It has been used for over two hundred years as a mild relaxant and has long been hailed as an effective therapy for anxiety, nervous tension, and convulsions. Because of its calming effects on the nervous and musculoskeletal system, it was also at one time (during the eighteenth century) considered to be a remedy for rabies, thus it's name "mad dog weed.
" It's name derives from the caplike appearance of the outer whorl of its small blue flowers. It's leaves are used as medicine. These are harvested in June from a three- to four-year-old skullcap plant. It has been used for over two hundred years as a mild relaxant that affects the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Medicinal form of Skullcap is available as a powder or liquid extract.
What is the effective dosage of Skullcap supplementation?
• Skullcap may be used for calming purposes in children as a mild tea. The dose is given according to the child's age and weight.
Children 1 to 2 years (24 lb [11 kg] or less) - ? cup one to three times per day
Children 3 to 6 years (25 to 48 lb [11 to 22 kg]) - ? cup one to four times per day
Children 7 to 11 years (49 to 95 lb [22 to 43 kg]) - ? cup one to four times per day
Children 12 and older (over 95 lb [43 kg]) - 1 cup one to four times per day
• The following are effective dosage for adult;
Dried herb: 1 to 2 grams per day
Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried herb. Steep 20 to 30 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.
Fluid extract (1:1 in 25% alcohol): 2 to 4 mL (40 to 120 drops), three times daily
Tincture (1:5 in 45% alcohol): 2 to 5 mL (40 to 150 drops), three times per day
What are the benefits of Skullcap supplementation?
• Skullcap is used to treat muscle spasms.
• It has also been used to treat symptoms associated with: Stress relates headache, Anorexia nervosa, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, insomnia, nervous tension and mild Tourette's syndrome.
• It is also effective in treatment of Restless leg syndrome.
What are the side effects of Skullcap supplementation?
Overdose of skullcap tincture produces giddiness, stupor, mental confusion, twitching, irregular heartbeat, and epileptic-like symptoms.
• Skullcap may interact with benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety medications) such as diazepam or alprazolam, barbiturates (medications often prescribed for sleep disorders or seizures) such as pentobarbital, or other sedative medications (including antihistamines). While there are no reports in the scientific literature to suggest that skullcap interacts with any conventional medications, it does possess sedative properties.
• Only for adults, not for pregnant or breast feeding women.
• Individuals with any type of liver condition should not take American skullcap.