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Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese Skullcap)

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Scutellaria baicalensis is clinically used as per Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) standards to clear heat and ‘resolve toxins’ and thereby regulate immune function.


Botanical Name: 

Scutellaria baicalensis

Common Name(s): 

Chinese Skullcap

Part Used: Root
Percentage of Alcohol Used: 50%
Herb to Menstruum Ratio: 1:4
Production Method: Whole-herb Percolation Extraction
NPN#: 80102547


  • Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese Skullcap)
  • Gluten-Free Pharmaceutical-Grade Alcohol
  • Distilled Water


Remedy based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Adults 18 years and older - work up from 1 to 15 drops per day to a maximum of 12ml 3 times per day, or as directed by your health care provider.



  • If symptoms persist or worsen, or if new symptoms develop, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.


  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product.

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*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

Additional Information About Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese Skullcap)

Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a perennial plant thriving in wet, sandy, and rocky environments, reaching a height of about one foot. Originating from Eastern Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Siberia. It blooms with captivating purple flowers and has become a common ornamental in North America. 

It's crucial not to confuse Chinese Skullcap with the American Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora, as their effects differ significantly. The benefits outlined here pertain specifically to Chinese Skullcap.

Traditional Use
Embraced across Asia, from Russia to Japan, Scutellaria baicalensis boasts a rich history in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Its multifaceted applications have stood the test of time, making it a fundamental herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 2000 years.

Cautions and Side Effects
While Scutellaria baicalensis side effects are rare, users should be aware of potential gastric discomfort and diarrhea. Pregnant individuals should avoid Chinese Skullcap, and caution is advised for type 1 diabetics. Additionally, its interaction with pharmaceuticals may enhance drug bioavailability, necessitating careful consideration.

Synergistic Effects and Inhibitions
Scutellaria baicalensis exhibits synergistic effects, inhibiting the NorA efflux pump, which reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance. Its interaction with various drugs, such as ribavirin, albendazole, ciprofloxacin, and amphotericin B, underscores its role as a potent herb in herbal medicine.

With over 300 compounds identified, key constituents include Baicalin/Baicalein, oroxylin A, Wogonin, Scutellarin, Melatonin, Serotonin, and Luteiolin. These compounds contribute to neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties, making Chinese skullcap a well-researched herb.

Scientific Studies
Scientific studies, primarily conducted in China, showcase Chinese Skullcap's efficacy in reducing inflammatory markers such as NO, IL-3, IL-6, TNF-alpha, and more. Dose-dependent anti-inflammatory effects have been observed, making regular, smaller doses advisable.

Human Studies
Human studies have explored Chinese Skullcap's potential in various conditions, including bacterial meningitis, pulmonary infections, upper respiratory infections, breast cancer, knee osteoarthritis, hepatitis, eye infections, and leptospirosis.

TCM Classification
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Scutellaria baicalensis is classified as bitter and cold, with a focus on dispelling heart and damp heat.

Chinese Skullcap stands as a testament to the profound synergy between traditional wisdom and scientific validation, offering a versatile and well-studied herbal remedy for a multitude of health concerns.

Scutellaria baicalensis - Chinese Skullcap Root

Scutellaria baicalensis - Chinese Skullcap Root


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    Sam Verified Buyer 06/17/2023
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    Kathleen Verified Buyer 08/22/2023
    Rated 5 out of 5

    High quality herbal tincture

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    Eleonore Verified Buyer 01/11/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent value for money.

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    Hélène Verified Buyer 10/05/2022
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    I reached out to Alex with a question about the herbs I was interested in purchasing and she got back to me right away. She went above and beyond to help with find which herbs to take. I felt confident in my purchase. Thank you Alex!!!

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    Rachel Verified Buyer 02/28/2022
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    received quickly. thank you

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    Yvonne Verified Buyer 02/25/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    good stuff, will let you know more only started taking today.

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    Pierre Verified Buyer 08/05/2021
    Rated 5 out of 5

    good stuff. i dont like the taste but they always say the best medicine tastes bad

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