Virginian skullcap plant

Virginian skullcap plant

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Caption: Virginian skullcap. View of the leaves and flowers of Virginian skullcap (Scutelaria lateriflora). This herb is also known as mad-dog skullcap, or madweed. It takes these names from its powerful anti-convulsant action, which was formerly used to treat the symptoms of rabies (hydrophobia, which can be spread by the bites of infected dogs), and to calm hysterical patients. The whole plant is made into an infusion and drunk. Overdoses of the plant can be dangerous, producing symptoms similar to those it cures in moderation, such as muscle spasms, confusion, and an irregular pulse. Virginian skullcap grows in North America.

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Keywords: botany, herb, hysteria, mad-dog skullcap, madweed, medicinal herb, nature, plant, plants, rabies, scutelaria lateriflora, skullcap, virginian skullcap

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