Using Skullcap for Gout Relief and Prevention
Skullcap is a plant whose above ground parts are used for medicinal purposes. Skullcap is widely used as a relaxant and as a therapy for anxiety, stress, nervous tension and convulsions. Additionally it contains potent flavonoids which produces anti-inflammatory activity.
Skullcap for Gout Relief and Prevention
Skullcap contains baicalein as well as other anti-inflammatory flavonoids that are effective in reducing inflammation, swelling and providing relief from pain. Skullcap can be used to prevent chronic uric acid induce inflammation or to reduce the current state of swelling as caused by a gout attack.
Research Supporting Skullcap and Gout Relief and Prevention
A study conducted in 2003 observed the effectives of skullcap’s anti-inflammatory activity on inflammation. It was concluded that the plant was a useful therapeutic agent for inflammatory diseases thanks to its interactions with molecules responsible for inducing inflammation.
Skullcap is available as a dried flower.
Skullcap Supplement Variations
Skullcap can be found in the following supplement variations:
- Liquid Extract
- Capsule (powder extract)
How to Use Skullcap for Gout Relief and Prevention
Skullcap can be consumed as an encapsulated dried herb or as tea for convenience.
Consuming herbs is considered safe, however skullcap can trigger side-effects or interact with other herbs, supplements or medications. If you are concerned or at risk, speak to your health care provider about proper usage. Not enough information is available about taking skullcap during pregnancy or breastfeeding so it is advised that you avoid use. Skullcap can slow down the central nervous system and can increase the effects of anesthesia and other medications, therefore if you are expected for surgery stop use of skullcap and do not take for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery.
Skullcap that is consumed in high amounts may cause giddiness, stupor, mental confusion, irregular heartbeat, and stomach or spleen problems and may also affect blood sugar levels.
Interactions with other Medications
Skullcap interacts with the following medications:
- Sedatives. Skullcap can increase the effects of sedatives due to it having a sedative affect and slowing down your central nervous system.
- Drugs for diabetes. Skullcap may lower blood sugar levels and can increase the effects of drugs taken for diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar levels if taking the two in conjunction.