- Promotes relaxation, pain relief, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support
- Helps maintain strong immune system
- Over 1000 years of history
Baicalin is extracted from Skullcap, including Baikal Skullcap, and has been used in herbal Chinese medicine over many centuries for a number of vitality promoting effects and for healthful relaxation. Our Baicalin is extracted specifically from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap). Baicalin functions with a wide range of positive effects including aiding in pain relief, promotion of relaxation, anti-inflammatory support and antioxidant support. Baicalin may also help to maintain a healthy immune system.Recommended supplement doses range from around 60-250mg daily. After over 1000 years of use, there are very few side effects associated with Skullcap and Baicalin extracts.
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“I bought this product for it's relaxing effect. After using it, I noticed my sinus problems were much better. I am not taking any antihistamines, just the Baicalin and have not had a sinus infection all this season. I usually get a sinus infection 2 to 3 times from October through December. I really recommend this product for both the relaxing effect and especially for the way it has helped my sinuses. Thanks for making a great product available!” – Linda, LiftMode Baicalin review
- Baicalin is extracted from the Blue Skullcap and has been used in herbal Chinese medicine for a number of health-promoting effects and promotion of relaxation
- Baicalin functions include aiding in pain-relief, promotion of relaxation, anti-inflammation, as an anti-oxidant, with a wide range of other benefits
- Recommended doses range from around 60-250mg daily
What is Baicalin?
Baicalin is a remarkably healthful molecule extracted from several Skullcap species, including Scutellaria lateriflora (blue skullcap), Scutellaria galericulata (common skullcap), and Scutellaria baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap) and has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for over 1000 years. Our Baicalin is extracted specifically from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap). Baicalin is the glycoside of the flavone flavonoid baicalein, which is also found in the Skullcap species, and the two molecules have synergistic properties. Baicalin is known to exhibit a multitude of beneficial effects including pain-relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour and antibiotic effects. Baicalin is commonly used for promotion of relaxation due to its effects on GABA type A receptors.
Baicalin effects / benefits
Baicalin supplementation has a wide variety of highly beneficial effects. Its use as an ethanol extract from the Skullcap plant species extends for over 1000 years in herbal Chinese medicine. Baicalin can help to promote a feeling of healthy well-being, due to its effects on GABA subtype A receptors, but this is only one of many great things about using Baicalin.
Pain-relief and promotion of relaxation
Baicalin has been found to act selectively on GABA subtype A receptors, on the receptor allosteric modulating benzodiazepine (BZ) sites. This allows the chemical to create anxiolytic effects (pain-relief) devoid of sedation and muscle-relaxation that is characteristic of most GABA agonists. GABA agonists that act on all subtype A receptors also generally cause alcohol-like effects including pain-relief, sedation and muscle-relaxation, but Baicalin acts selectively on certain specific BZ subtype sites so it causes pain-relief and feelings of well-being without the side effects of sedation, memory impairment or tolerance.
Baicalin has been found to work as an effective anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting binding of leukocytes to chemokines and inhibiting cell migration (a characteristic cause of inflammation). It does not interfere directly with chemokines but rather binds to specific ligands to prevent chemokine-leukocyte binding. 
Baicalin has been known for a long time in Chinese medicine to be capable of anti-viral effects. Recent Western scientific studies have shown that these effects do, in fact, exist. One such study showed effective in-vitro treatment of Dengue-virus by use of Baicalin. The remarkable chemical was shown to inhibit virus replication and adsorption as well as producing virucidal effects against extracellular Dengue-virus particles at medium to high therapeutic doses.
Another important study showed that Baicalin inhibits HIV-1 infection at the viral-entry level, by binding to chemokines and interfering with the cell-entry process.
“Since BA [Baicalin] did not inhibit binding of HIV-1 gp120 to CD4, we propose that BA may interfere with the interaction of HIV-1 Env with chemokine coreceptors and block HIV-1 entry of target cells. Therefore, BA can be used as a basis for developing novel anti-HIV-1 agents.” (T. Fu et al., 2000)
Recent scientific studies into the effects of Baicalin use have confirmed that it is also an effective anti-oxidant. In a study on the antioxidant effects of Baicalin, bacalein, and wogonin (all extracts from Skullcap species), it was found that Baicalin was effective in reducing chytochrome c as well as eliminating superoxide free-radicals, testifying to its anti-oxidant nature.
One study on the anti-cancer effects of Skullcap extracts showed that Baicalin was the most effective chemical in the extract at producing anti-tumour effects. Both in vitro and in vivo, Baicalin treatment was shown to significantly reduce tumour-growth of bladder cancer cell lines in rats, warranting further studies into the anti-cancer effects of this wonderful Chinese herbal extract.
The same was found in studies using Baicalin on ovarian cancer cell lines as well as brain glioma cells
Baicalin was long used in Chinese herbal medicine as a treatment for infectious diseases. A novel study recently showed that Baicalin may have antibiotic effects and may be useful in the treatment of drug resistant bacterial infections. Baicalin is also sometimes used on the skin as a lotion.
Baicalin recommended usage
“Although there is a lack of human evidence to support the optimal dosage of scutellaria baicalensis for supplementation purposes, the doses that appear optimal in rat and mouse models suggest that an oral dose of around 500mg of the root extract should be efficacious.”
From a Baicalin patent application for antianxiety treatment:
“According to the radio of body weight of mouse to that of human, the individual dosage of Baicalin for oral administration is 0.8-3.5mg/kg." (Hong et al., 2004)
In a 75kg person, the above recommended dose equates to 60-265mg daily.
Baicalin side effects and warnings
Even through 1000 years of use in Chinese herbal medicine, Baicalin appears to have no negative side effects in humans even after using high doses. WebMD warns that gas, nausea or diarrhoea may occur. Health Central warns that people should consult a physician before using Baicalin if they have a history of stomach ulcers. Both WebMD and Health Central have a warning about the possibility of an allergic reaction to Baicalin, which can include: yellowing of the eyes and skin, itchiness, rash and/or severe dizziness. (Examine)
 “Scutellaria baicalensis” examine.com, accessed 12-12-2014
 “New use of Baicalin for treating anxiety” WO 2004103386 A1, Pharmaco Genetics Ltd, Wang Zihui, Xue Hong, Zheng Hui, Dec 2, 2004
 “GABA A receptor subtype selectivity underlying selective anxiolytic effect of Baicalin.” Wang F, Xu Z, Ren L, Tsang SY, Xue H., Neuropharmacology. 2008 Dec;55(7):1231-7
 “The flavonoid Baicalin exhibits anti-inflammatory activity by binding to chemokines.” Li BQ1, Fu T, Gong WH, Dunlop N, Kung H, Yan Y, Kang J, Wang JM., Immunopharmacology. 2000 Sep;49(3):295-306.
 “Novel antiviral activity of baicalein against dengue virus” Sazaly Abu Bakar et al., BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 12:214
 “Flavonoid Baicalin inhibits HIV-1 infection at the level of viral entry.” Li BQ et al., Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Sep 24;276(2):534-8
 “Antioxidant and free radical scavenging effects of baicalein, Baicalin and wogonin” Shieh DE, Liu LT, Lin CC, Anticancer Research [2000, 20(5A):2861-2865]
 “Antitumor effects of Scutellariae radix and its components baicalein, Baicalin, and wogonin on bladder cancer cell lines” Ikemoto S, Sugimura K, Yoshida N, Yasumoto R, Wada S, Yamamoto K, Kishimoto T., Urology. 2000 Jun;55(6):951-5.
 “Antitumor effect of Baicalin on rat brain glioma” Hu YZ1, Wang DH, Luan Y, Gong HD., Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi. 2013 Jan;35(1):11-6.