The Chinese herb Ban Zhi Lian –Scutellaria barbata is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. S. barbata is an herb found in Korea and southern China. It is used with other herbs in traditional Chinese medicine to treat bacterial infections, hepatitis, and tumors.

Both the root and the above-ground part of barbat skullcap have been used to make herbal medicines. The root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for clearing excess heat, strengthening the blood, eliminating toxins, and as an anti-inflammatory.

Can Ancient Herbs Treat Cancer?

According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Scutellaria barbata has been studied for its anticancer effects.*  Laboratory studies have shown S. barbata can limit the growth of cancer cells. Small studies show that S. barbata may benefit patients with advanced breast cancer. Further studies are needed.

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