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American Scullcap

Also indexed as:Scutellaria lateriflora
American Scullcap: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Scutellaria lateriflora

Parts Used & Where Grown

Scullcap is a member of the mint family. Scutellaria lateriflora grows in eastern North America and is most commonly used in United States and European herbal products containing scullcap. The above-ground (aerial) part of the plant is used in herbal preparations. It is not interchangeable with Chinese scullcap.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Anxiety
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
American scullcap is one of a group of “nerve tonic” (nervine) herbs used in traditional herbal medicine for people with anxiety, with few reports of toxicity.
Insomnia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
American scullcap is commonly recommended by doctors as a mild sedative for those suffering from insomnia or nervous exhaustion.
Pain
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
American skullcap has been historically used to relieve pain.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

As is the case in modern herbal medicine, scullcap was used historically as a sedative for people with nervous tension and insomnia. It was, and continues to be, commonly combined with valerian for insomnia.1 It was also used by herbalists as a remedy for epilepsy and nerve pain.

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