Native Americans as well as traditional European herbalists used skullcap to induce sleep, relieve nervousness, and moderate the symptoms of epilepsy, rabies, and other diseases related to the nervous system. In other words, skullcap was believed to function as an herbal sedative.
A relative of skullcap,
What Is Skullcap Used for Today?
Skullcap is still popular as a sedative. Unfortunately, there has been virtually no scientific investigation of how well the herb really works. The only meaningful reported study was a small double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
When taken by itself, the usual dosage of skullcap is approximately 1 to 2 g, 3 times a day. However, skullcap is more often taken in combination with other sedative herbs such as valerian
Not much is known about the safety of skullcap. However, if you take too much, it can cause confusion and stupor. 1
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Medical Review Board
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