True Unicorn Root Drug Information - Reported Uses and Benefits - Recommended Dosage
Common Trade Names
Aletris-Heel, True Unicorn Root
Available as a liquid and tea.
Active components are derived from the rhizomes and roots of Aletris farinosa, a perennial herb of the lily family that is native to the eastern United States.
True unicorn root contains steroidal saponins-primarily diosgenin and gentrogenin-and alkaloids, essential oil, resin, and starch.
Diosgenin has been reported to have estrogen-like activity; hence, its use as a tonic. Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, a famous patent medicine made of A. farinosa, pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa), other herbs, and alcohol, was claimed to cure various gynecologic conditions. The alkaloids contribute to its CNS depressant effects .
True unicorn root was popular with Native Americans. A. farinosa has been used to treat amenorrhea, colic, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, flatulence, rheumatism, and snake bites. Other claims include its use as an antispasmodic, a cathartic, a diuretic, a narcotic, and a sedative and to prevent habitual miscarriage .
No consensus exists. Some references state the dose as being 0.3 to 0.6 g P.O. t.i.d.
CNS: loss of balance caused by CNS depressant effects, stupor.
GI: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
CNS depressants, narcotics: May increase sedative effects. Avoid administration with true unicorn root.
H2blockers, sucralfate: True unicorn root may increase acid production in the stomach, creating an antagonistic effect. Separate administration times.
Oxytocin: May cause antagonized effects of this drug. Avoid concomitant use.
Contraindications and Precautions
Avoid using true unicorn root in pregnant patients (because of estrogenic activity and oxytocin antagonism) or breast-feeding patients; effects are unknown. Use cautiously in patients with GI disorders.
Points of Interest
True unicorn root has been used chiefly to treat gynecologic and GI conditions and rheumatism. Although little is known about the chemical components, even small doses of the herb are associated with adverse reactions. No clinical data support the use of this herb for any medical condition.
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