Chinese Skullcap is related to the European and American nervine plants, and shares some of their painkilling and relaxing properties. Its main use in Traditional Chinese Medicine, however, is as an antiviral, antibacterial, and immune and systemic support for common to serious infections.
We first became aware of this herb as part of an herbal protocol for treating the novel Coronavirus, and it can play a very important role in that fight.
According to research cited in that protocol, Chinese Skullcap acts to protect cells from invasion by the virus, balances cytokine function so that damaging immune over-reactions do not occur and protects the lymph system and spleen in their detoxifying functions.
Please note: there is no known cure or direct treatment, pharmaceutical or herbal, for the novel Coronavirus, and so what we offer here is support to the systems and organs affected so that they can be as strong and resistant as possible and increase chances of healthy survival of the infection.
The research we cite here is preliminary and not officially supported by any health organization; it’s the best any of us have right now. This information is not a claim of cure or prevention of any disease.
Your best chance remains not catching the virus at all, and we defer to the excellent advice from the CDC on staying healthy, which we are following as if all our lives depend on it, because they do.
If you suspect you have been exposed to the novel Coronavirus, please contact your doctor before starting any treatment. Please also see your doctor before starting this or any preventative regimen, as all herbs have many possible interactions with other herbs, drugs, and health conditions.