Scutellaria barbata

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Scutellaria barbata
Scientific classification
S. barbata
Binomial name
Scutellaria barbata

Scutellaria barbata, the barbed skullcap,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to Asia.[2]

It is a perennial herb generally reaching up to 35 centimeters tall, sometimes taller. The lightly toothed leaves are somewhat lance-shaped or triangular and up to about 3 centimeters long. The flowers are borne on pedicels that have tiny, sharp bracteoles. The purple-blue, lightly hairy flower corolla is roughly a centimeter long. The plant grows in moist and wet habitat, such as paddy fields.[2]

As an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine it is known as Ban Zhi Lian (Chinese: 半枝莲; pinyin: bànzhīlián). It has been tested in clinical trials for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.[3] Extracts induced apoptosis in prostate cancer cells in laboratory studies.[4] The plant is used as an herbal remedy for inflammation and traumatic injury.[2]


Some selected chemical constituents of skullcap include:


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  3. ^ Carr, C. Can Ancient Herbs Treat Cancer? Time October 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Wong, B. Y., et al. (2009). Chinese medicinal herb Scutellaria barbata modulates apoptosis and cell survival in murine and human prostate cancer cells and tumor development in TRAMP mice. European Journal of Cancer Prevention 18(4), 331-41.
  5. ^ Tomimori, T; Jin, H; Miyaichi, Y; Toyofuku, S; Namba, T (Feb 1985). "[Studies on the constituents of Scutellaria species. VI. On the flavonoid constituents of the root of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi (5). Quantitative analysis of flavonoids in Scutellaria roots by high-performance liquid chromatography]". Yakugaku Zasshi. 105 (2): 148–55. PMID 4009423.
  6. ^ Phillipson, Carol A. Newall ; Linda A. Anderson ; J. David (1996). Herbal medicines : a guide for health care professionals (Reprinted. ed.). London: Pharmaceutical Press. p. 296. ISBN 0853692890.
  7. ^ Yaghmai and Benson, 1979