Barbat Skullcap – This herb is also called Scutellaria barbata, S. Barbata, Ban Zhi Lian, Barbat skullcap, Scullcap, Mad-Dog Herb, Mad-Dog Skullcap, Scutellaria, Skullcap, Skute barbata.
Barbat Skullcap: Scutellaria barbata is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. This herb is used in traditional Yorùbá medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Native American medicine to treat a variety of ailments.
It is used along with other herbs in traditional Chinese medicine to treat bacterial infections, hepatitis, and tumors, and is also used as a diuretic.( Source*) 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.
It has been traditionally used for cirrhosis of the liver, various cancers and hepatitis. Extracts of the herb have antibacterial activity. Studies indicate that it has powerful antiviral and antibacterial effects.
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Scutellaria barbata has been studied for its anticancer effects. More research is needed*. 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. Laboratory studies have shown this herb can limit the growth of cancer cells. Further studies are needed.*