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Reference #: 1,360
Submit Date: 05 Nov 2007
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Remedy Description

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Skullcap acts through the cerebro spinal centers, supports the nerves, quiets and strengthens the entire system. It has

been used as a sedative, nerve tonic and antispasmodic. It has been used to treat insomnia, exhaustion, anxiety,

teething, hiccups, hysteria, nightmares, convulsions and nervous headaches. At the turn of the century it was called

"Mad Dog Skullcap" in reference to its use in treating a variety of phobias including hydrophobia. Various texts report

its use for "excessive sexual desire", high blood pressure, angina, delirium tremens, rickets, alcoholism, workaholism,

shingles, sciatica and urinary incontinence. It is said to be beneficial for the heart and kidneys, and in China it has

long been used to relieve PMS.

Naturopath and herbalist John Lust wrote of its use by the American Indians to promote menstruation, and treat

rheumatism, neuralgia and rabies.

David Hoffman's The Herbal Handbook sings its praises as "perhaps the most widely relevant nervine available to us in

the Materia Medica. It relaxes states of nervous tension while at the same time renewing...the central nervous

system...valuable wherever there is stress, anxiety or tension...it has a specific use in the treatment of seizure and

hysterical states as well as epilepsy. It may be used with complete safety and confidence in all exhausted or depressed

conditions...rapidly effective as well as safe...combines well with Valerian for the relief of anxiety."

In her Modern Herbal (written in the early 1930s) Mrs. Grieves compares Skullcap to "Water Plantain" or

Mad-Dog Weed, which she says the Russians considered to be specific for hydrophobia but she says that

she did not consider it to be efficacious for that purpose. On the other hand, she reports that Mad-Dog

Skullcap that, she says, has strong tonic, nervine and antispasmodic action, and is a weak astringent. She

claims its actions in St. Vitus Dance, rickets, hydrophobia, convulsions and hysteria to be "invaluable",

"and in headache arising from incessant coughing and pain, it offers one of the most suitable and reliable

remedies...Many cases of hydrophobia have been cured by this remedy alone... a specific for the

convulsive twitchings...soothing the nervous excitement and inducing sleep when necessary, without any

unpleasant symptoms following." Mrs. Grieves quotes the 1915 British Medical Journal as reporting that

"its efficacy appear to be partly due to its stimulating the kidneys to increased activity..." And she says

that the Homeopaths "proved it to bring about, upon overdosing, symptoms indicative of epilepsy, for

which in diluted strength and small doses (in other words, Homeopathically potentized) it has been

successfully given." The drug used for epilepsy, Scutellarin, was extracted from and later synthesized

from this herb.

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