- In Traditional Chinese Medicine Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis, or Huang Qin) is classically used to clear damp-heat which encompasses conditions like fever, nausea, dysentery, diarrhoea, ulcers, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It is known to be a detoxifier. Studies have shown it to be anti-inflammatory, anti-candida, and increase glutathione production. It naturally contains melatonin and serotonin, which are key components in helping to regulate circadian rhythm and mood, along with digestive motility.
- It is a useful tool when addressing gut dysbiosis due to its anti-microbial action, and for inflammatory bowel disease protocols due to its anti-inflammatory activity. It is also used in cancer protocols and for mast cell activation (especially in asthma) and cell danger response. It has antiviral activity and works against the H1N1 flu virus.
- Baikal skullcap is also used in cardiovascular protocols and for circulation issues, erectile dysfunction and for anticoagulant activity. It has been shown to have hypoglycaemic effects so may be useful in metabolic disorders.
- Traditionally this herb has been used to calm the foetus during pregnancy,and for acute respiratory issues in pregnancy, although it is not advised to take herbs during pregnancy or lactation without guidance from a professional.