Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)


Chinese Skullcap Overview:

Chinese skullcap is very similar to the popular nervine herb, American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), however, there are some major differences in their use. Chinese skullcap is far better for treating immune conditions, including the allergic response, inflammation, and infections.


  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Epilepsy


  • None noted.

Herbal Actions:

  • Antiviral (root)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiallergic
  • Antibacterial
  • Nervine
  • Antispasmodic
  • Hypotensive
  • Anxyiolytic
  • Astringent (Mild)
  • Antitumor

Main Uses:

Chinese skullcap is mainly used for inflammatory, or allergic conditions. It is useful for nasal congestion, upper respiratory tract infections, seasonal allergies and hayfever, arthritis, and migraine headaches.


Part Used

Whole plant

Family Name



Native to China, Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, and Siberia.

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Constituents of Interest

  • Baicalein
  • Scutellarin
  • Catalpol
  • Melatonin

Common Names

  • Chinese Skullcap
  • Baical Skullcap
  • Mad Dog Skullcap
  • Toque (French)
  • Huang Qin (Chinese)
  • Helmet Flower
  • Hoodwort

Botanical Info:

Chinese skullcap is a member of the Lamiaceae family (mint family). This family is large, containing as much as 236 genera and 7500 species. This family is characterised by square stems, and arromatic nature.


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Clinical Applications Of Chinese Skullcap:

Chinese skullcap is reliable as a way to reduce the allergic response in allergic conditions, as well as inflammation. The root is a promising treatment option for a range of different viral infections, including influenza and HIV.



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