Sunday, March 30, 2008

Skullcap As Alternative Medicine

Skullcap As Alternative Medicine

Skullcap is a well known alternative medicine in different cultures of the world. The Native American tribes such as Cherokee and others used it as a medicinal herb for women. Skullcap is also known as scullcap, hoodwart, mad weed, Quaker bonnet and helmet flower.

  1. It is a remedy for nervous conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, hysteria and epilepsy.
  2. It is effective for asthma, hiccups and hangovers.
  3. It is used to treat alcohol, tranquilizers and barbiturates withdrawal.
  4. It is a treatment for menstrual cramps, exhaustion, PMS and convulsions.
  5. It is useful in lowering high blood pressure.
  6. It eases irritable bowel symptoms, spasms and muscle tension.
  7. It is used as a treatment for rabies.
  8. It improves blood circulation and also strengthens the heart muscle.

Skullcap is available as capsules, tablets, tinctures, tea and powder. This herb is usually not taken over long period. It is often used in combination with other herbs such as Chamomile, Passion Flower or Valerian. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised not to use this herb. Side effects include stupor, giddiness and seizures if it is taken in excess. Caution should be exercised when using skullcap as an alternative medicine.

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