herbals skullcap

RECND315

Skullcap

Scientific:Scutellaria lateriflora
Other:Skullcap

Indications

CNS
• nervous conditions following chronic disease
• stress-induced restlessness
anxiety
insomnia
• seizure
• neuralgia

Musculoskeletal
• over-stimulated muscles
- delirium tremens
- tremors
- restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- chorea
- muscular fasciculations

Cardiovascular
• heart conditions associated with nervousness
- arrhythmias
- palpitations

Gynecological
• menstrual pains associated with excitability
dysmenorrhea

Actions

nervine
anxiolytic
• anticonvulsant
antispasmodic
hypotensive
carminative

Constituents

• Volatile oil
• Flavonoid (scutellarin)
• Iridoids
• Tannins

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 2-4 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 25% EtOH): 2-4 ml tid
• Infusion: (dried herb): 2 tsp tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

References

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Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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