Scullcap Comparison
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: John
Posted on: September 28, 2012

Which of the 3 scullcaps is best for medicinal use

It depends on which medicinal properties you are after.

Scutellaria lateriflora is a relaxing nervine so to cool and soothe the nervous systems for headaches, irritability, insomnia, etc.

Scutellaria baicalensis is more bitter thus is a relaxing nervine plus affects the liver so is used for insomnia and headaches like the above but also have a liver stimulating effect as well so used for liver fevers and liver heat.

Scutellaria barbata is again a relaxing nervine but is also an anti-inflammatory. So it is used for similar nervous system issues but also for inflammatory conditions such as cancer, migraines and other inflammatory diseases.

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