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Scute / Chinese Skullcap root / Huang Qin

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Product Code: CLS-11710

Chinese Single Herbs (Fluid extracts)

Chinese Skullcap (Scute)

 

Scute (Huang Qin), which is the root of Scutellaria baicalensis, is an important antimicrobial herb widely used in Chinese herbalism. *

 

Scute

Researchers in Scotland report that Baicalin, an extract of the Chinese herb Scutellaria Baicalensis (Huang Qin), restores the effectiveness of traditional antibiotics in countering a deadly type of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection known as MRSA.* Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection is a toxic variant of a universally present skin bacteria that has developed resistance to nearly all antibiotics presently available. Once Staphylococcus Aureus infection becomes established inside the body, it causes tissue destruction and death, if not treated. Even though they are generally ineffective against bacterial infections, due to over-use and the rise of bacterial immunity, the antibiotics ampicillin, amoxycillin, benzylpenicillin, methicillin and cefotaxime can be used effectively to treat MRSA, when combined with Baicalin. MRSA has been of great concern as a potential untreatable epidemic if it becomes wide-spread, so this finding is extremely significant.* Baicalin is one of the primary constituents of Scute, and has been shown in many other studies to have potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

 

Scute has a long history of use in Traditional Oriental Medicine herbal formulas for clearing infections. It appears with other anti-bacterial and/or anti-viral herbs in a number of traditional and modern herbal formulas that treat infection , prevents respiratory tract congestion via mucous, neuro-protective, ulcer-preventative, and immune system balancing.* Here is the abstract of the study refered to above: Baicalin synergy with beta-lactam antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other beta-lactam-resistant strains of S. aureus.* Liu IX, Durham DG, Richards RM. The School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, UK. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a serious global problem and includes strains of beta-lactam-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Novel antimicrobials and/or new approaches to combat the problem are urgently needed.

 

The Chinese herb Huang Qin has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a wide range of infectious diseases. In this study we have examined the antibacterial action of baicalin, a flavone isolated from the herb. When combined with 16 microg mL(-1) baicalin, minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of benzylpenicillin against MRSA and penicillin-resistant S. aureus were reduced from 125 and 250 microg mL(-1) to 4 and 16 microg mL(-1), respectively. This activity of baicalin was dose-dependent. Viable counts showed that the killing of MRSA and beta-lactam-resistant S. aureus cells by 10 to 50 microg mL(-1) ampicillin, amoxycillin, benzylpenicillin, methicillin and cefotaxime was potentiated by 25 microg mL(-1) baicalin. From the study it was concluded that baicalin has the potential to restore the effectiveness of beta-lactam antibiotics against MRSA and other strains of beta-lactam-resistant S. aureus. In view of its limited toxicity baicalin offers potential for the development of a valuable adjunct to beta-lactam treatments against otherwise resistant strains of microorganisms.*

 

Traditional Function: Clears heat, dries dampness, eliminates toxins, cools the blood

 

Who can use it?

For a short time by anyone, at an appropriate dose as directed by a qualified herbalist or health practitioner

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.