July 24, 2016

Baikal Skullcap

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How does Baikal Skullcap work?

It is thought that the active chemicals in Baikal skullcap might be able to decrease inflammation, stop tumor growth, and prevent tumor cell reproduction.

Are there safety concerns?

Baikal skullcap is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth. It might cause drowsiness. There have been reports of fever and lung inflammation in people who took Baikal skullcap. But there is not enough information to know if Baikal skullcap is the cause of these side effects.

A specific combination product called flavocoxid (Limbrel, Primus Pharmaceuticals) that contains Baikal skullcap was safely used in research studies lasting up to 12 weeks. However, there are concerns that this combination product might cause liver problems in some people. This side effect does not appear to be common and might only occur in people who have a type of allergic reaction to it.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Baikal skullcap if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Baikal skullcap is POSSIBLY SAFE in children when given intravenously (by IV) by a healthcare provider, short-term. An intravenous preparation that includes Baikal skullcap, forsythia, and honeysuckle has been used under medical supervision with apparent safety in children for up to 7 days. Not enough is known about the safety of Baikal skullcap in children when used long-term.

Bleeding disorders. Baikal skullcap might slow blood clotting. In theory, Baikal skullcap might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Diabetes: Baikal skullcap can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Baikal skullcap.

Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Baikal skullcap might have the same effects as the female hormone estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use Baikal.

Low blood pressure: Baikal skullcap might lower blood pressure. In theory, Baikal skullcap might lower blood pressure too much in people prone to low blood pressure.

Surgery: Baikal skullcap might slow blood clotting. There is concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using Baikal skullcap at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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