Scullcap

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Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is native to the United States.
Traditionally, scullcap has been used as a relaxant, and it is well-known for its antispasmodic actions. Native Americans traditionally used scullcap extracts as sedatives and diuretics.
Although early evidence suggests that it may have antidepressant or anti-anxiety properties, there is not enough available evidence in humans to support the use of scullcap for any medical condition.

Related Terms

American skullcap, flavanone glucuronides, flavone glucuronides, ikonnikoside I, lateriflorin, mad-dog skullcap, ou-gon (Chinese), Scutellaria lateriflora, scutellarin, skullcap.
Note: Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) should not be confused with Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria barbata), although they have similar scientific and common names.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.