Botanical Name :Scutellaria baicalensis
Species: S. baicalensis
Common Name :Baikal Skullcap, Baical, Huang Qin, Skullcap Root
Habitat :Native to Lake Baikal, Mongolia, Siberia, and parts of China & Korea
Description:Baikal Skullcap is a perennial flowering plant. It is an herbaceous ground cover, quite low growing despite the picture of the flower. The stems spread along the ground and then turn upwards at the tip so the base can spread 24″ but the height is only about a foot.
Germination: Grow from seeds indoors starting in early spring and transplant outdoors in summer.
Plant: full sun to shade. Baikal skullcap is drought tolerant once established.
Flowers: August. Collect seeds in September.
Harvest: the roots of 3-4 year old plants in spring or autumn.
Zone: hardy to zone 5, survives temperatures as low as -23°C or -9°F
Soil: well-drained soil that does not dry out
Medicinal Actions & Uses:
*anti-allergic [helps with allergies]
*anti-bacterial [an agent that destroys bacteria; bactericide]
*anti-coagulant [an agent that prevents the formation of clots in a liquid, as in blood]
*anti-inflammatory [an agent to ease inflammation]
*anti-microbial [an agent that destroys microbes]
*antioxidant [contributing to the oxidation of free radicals which are believed to contribute to premature aging and dementia]
*bitter and cold [applied to bitter tasting drugs which act on the mucous membranes of the mouth and stomach to increase appetite and promote digestion]
*diuretic [an agent that increases the volume and flow of urine which cleanses the urinary system]
*sedative (mild) [a soothing agent that reduces nervousness, distress or irritation]
*vasodilator [an agent that widens the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure]
Medicinal Part used: Root
Baical Skullcap is commonly used for:
*allergic and inflammatory diseases
*inhibits prostaglandin production and histamine release
inhibits collagen and arachidonic acid induced platelet aggregation
Immune system Conditions
*retroviruses, e.g. herpes, HIV etc.
cataract and diabetes complications
*abnormal fetal movements
*toxemia in pregnancy
*clears heat and damp heat
Recommended dosage is as follows:
2-6g/day dried root
4-12mL/day 1:2 fluid extract
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.
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