Traditionally, the herb
skullcap has been used for many purposes including neuralgia, insomnia,
excitability, restlessness, rickets,
headaches, hiccoughs, incessant coughing, hypertension and
nervous disorders and tetanus.
According to The
Eclectic Materia Medica , Pharmacology and
Therapeutics (1985) by Harvey Wickes Felter, MD, specific
indications for skullcap are nervousness, after an
illness, or from mental or physical exhaustion or
teething, nervousness with muscular excitation, tremors, hysteria, with inability
muscular action, functional heart disorders of a purely
nervous type, with intermittent pulse.
Skullcap is calmative to the nervous and muscular systems
and offers some tonic properties. By controlling nervous
irritability and muscular incoordination, it gives rest
and permits sleep. When insomnia is due to worry or
nervous irritability, exhaustion, or restlessness then
skullcap may help.
According to the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing,
the main influence of skullcap is on the central
sympathetic nervous systems. Skullcap has antispasmodic, nervine, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
Skullcap has no known toxicity.
Skullcap is also known as:
|Skullcap is used for:
- Child diseases,
- Lock jaw
- Menstrual problems
- Mental Illness
- Muscle twitching
- St. Vitus' dance
- Urinary problems