Monograph: Skullcap

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Date: 2018-12-18

NHPID name

Scutellaria lateriflora ( Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy )

Proper name(s)

Scutellaria lateriflora L. (Lamiaceae) ( USDA 2008 )

Common name(s)

Source material

Herb top ( Barnes et al. 2007 )

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Those suited to the allowable route(s) of administration. This monograph is not intended to include food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:




1 Day per day

See Appendix 1 for examples of appropriate dosage preparations and frequencies of use, according to cited references. The purpose of Appendix 1 is to provide guidance to industry.

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): Contraindication(s): Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  (Barnes et al. 2007, Boon and Smith 2004) Known Adverse Reaction(s): Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness.  (Bradley 2006, Tilgner 1999, Williamson et al. 1988, Ellingwood 1983[1919], Felter and Lloyd 1983[1898])

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


References cited

References reviewed

McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, editors. 1997. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press.

Appendix 1: Examples of appropriate dosage preparations and frequencies of use

Dried aerial parts: