Parts used and where grown
False unicorn is native to Mississippi and continues to grow primarily in the southern part of the United States. The roots of false unicorn are most commonly used in herbal medicine.
False unicorn has been used in connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual health concern for complete information):
Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)
The medicinal use of false unicorn root is based in traditional Native
American herbalism. It was recommended for many womenĄŻs health conditions,
including dysmenorrhea (painful
menstruation) and other irregularities of menstruation, as well as to prevent
miscarriages.1 False unicorn was also used as a remedy for morning sickness.
Steroidal saponins are generally credited with providing false unicorn rootĄŻs
activity.2 However, modern investigations have not confirmed this,
and no research exists about the medical applications of this herb.
How much is usually taken?
False unicorn root tincture, 1/2–1 teaspoon (2–5 ml) three times per day, is
sometimes recommended .3 The dried root, 1/4–1/2 teaspoon (1–2 grams)
three times per day, is also used.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
No adverse effects have been reported with the use of false unicorn. Although false unicorn has been used historically for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and to prevent miscarriages, its actions as a possible uterine tonic make its use during pregnancy potentially unsafe.
At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug
interactions with false unicorn.
1. Mills SY. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. Middlesex, UK: Viking Arkana, 1991, 520–2.
2. Mills SY. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. Middlesex, UK: Viking Arkana, 1991, 520–2.
3. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 1996, 116.
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