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SCULLCAP

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Scutellaria lateriflora. N.O. Labiateae.

Synonym ► Sometimes named Skullcap, and locally known as Madweed.

Habitat ► Indigenous to the United States, the plant is also found in England on the banks of streams and in wet ditches.

First introduced by the Spaniards in 1563 as a specific for syphilis, this claim has long been disproved, although the root undoubtedly possesses active alterative principles. It is consequently now held in high regard as a blood purifier, and is usually administered with other alteratives, notably Burdock.

Compound decoctions of Sarsaparilla are very popular as a springtime medicine, and Coffin’s prescription will be found in the Herbal Formulae section of this volume.

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