Scutellaria Baicalensis / Chinese Skullcap

BCCT plans to write a summary on scutellaria/skullcap. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Scutellaria baicalensis

Two different kinds of skullcap are used in cancer care. The other one is called Scutellaria barbata, and a description of this herb can be found at About Herbs: Scutellaria barbata.

Cautions

The About Herbs summary of Chinese Skullcap lists several adverse reactions and herb-drug interactions. Read the summary for more information.

In low doses, the extracted compound baicalin can increase angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels to supply tumors), leading to increased tumor proliferation, whereas high doses inhibited angiogenesis. Baicalein, another compound of skullcap only exhibited angiogenesis suppression.1 In BCCT’s opinion, working with a healthcare professional who is skilled in the use and monitoring of this herb in people with cancer is essential for use.

Dosing

BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.

Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:

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