False Unicorn Root is a flowering herb originally found in moist areas east of the Mississippi river but also common in other southern states. False Unicorn is commonly used to treat menstrual abnormalities and other complications arising from imbalance of female hormones including dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), other irregularities of menstruation, and to prevent miscarriages.
Many medical professionals also believe false unicorn is effective in treating amenorrhea, morning sickness, uterine prolapse, and many symptoms associated with menopause. In addition, it may help improve low sex drive in some women.
Steroidal saponins are the chemical substances within false unicorn that are believed to provide false unicorn with its medicinal effects. However, modern investigations have not confirmed this, and no research exists about the medical applications of this herb to date.Dosage and Administration
The most common form of false unicorn supplementation is as a tincture. As tinture 1/2-1 teaspoon of false unicorn is recommended three times daily. If taking the dried root, take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon (1-2 grams) three times per day. Supporting LiteratureMills SY. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. Middlesex, UK: Viking Arkana, 1991, 520-522.
Newall CA and Anderson LA. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 1996, 114-116.