Antibacterial and Antiviral Effects
lower cholesterol levels
If you are looking for a way to detoxify your body and boost your overall health
Soothes Nervous System
Skullcap tea is a popular method to balance the hormones in your body, as it stimulates the release of endorphins and generally balances your mood.
- Anticonvulsant effects. Orally supplementing with American skullcap has been shown to have anticonvulsant effects in rodents (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).
- Insomnia. Baicalin, a compound found in both American and Chinese skullcap, is used to treat insomnia in traditional medicine practices. However, research is lacking (17Trusted Source).
- Neurodegenerative disease. Some test-tube studies suggest that American skullcap may have neuroprotective properties, potentially safeguarding against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (18Trusted Source, 19Trusted Source).
- Heart health. In one animal study, baicalin injections significantly reduced damage associated with an induced heart attack (20Trusted Source).
Side effects: American and Chinese skullcap is associated with liver damage and even liver failure in some people.
Even so, people with conditions that impact liver function should avoid this plant altogether.
Chinese skullcap has also been associated with lung complications, and other types — including the American variety — may cause side effects like irregular heartbeat, tics, anxiety, drowsiness, and mental confusion in some people.