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American Scullcap

Also indexed as:Scutellaria lateriflora
American Scullcap: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Scutellaria lateriflora

Side Effects

Use of scullcap in recommended amounts is generally safe. However, scullcap use during pregnancy and breast-feeding should be avoided due to limited information about its safety. Cases of liver damage have been reported in association with the intake of scullcap. However, on closer examination, it appears these scullcap products actually contained germander (Teucrium chamaedrys), an herb known to cause liver damage.7

One case report exists of a 28-year-old man who died of liver failure after taking unspecified amounts of scullcap, pau d’arco and zinc.8 It appears likely that this, too, may have been a case of adulteration of scullcap with germander.9

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