Scutellaria lateriflora L. (family Lamiaceae) DESCRIPTION: An erect perennial reaching a height of about two feet with two-lipped, brightly colored flowers. RANGE: Grows in wet places in Canada and the northern and eastern United States. APPLICATION: Scullcap has long been reputed to have tonic, tranquilizing, and antispasmodic effects. As recently as 1990 it was praised for its supposed beneficial effects on the nervous system. ...

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... American scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is different from a related plant called Baikal or Chinese scullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), which may be used to treat infections and cancer. In addition, American scullcap sometimes has been found to be contaminated with similar plants, such as germander, that are more likely to cause serious side effects.

At one time, American scullcap was used widely as a weak sedative. It was included in tonics to treat nervousness and insomnia. It was also thought to relieve muscle cramps, so it was often included in preparations for menstrual cramps and other “female complaints”. However, very little scientific evidence exists to support any medical properties for American scullcap, and its use has diminished greatly over the last several decades, as medications that are more effective have been developed. A very small recent study of healthy adults does seem to show that American scullcap has some calming effects, but the results of that study are questionable. While American scullcap may still be taken to relieve anxiety and produce sleepiness, other herbal and prescription products have been proven to produce better results with less chance of side effects. ...

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