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Effect of False Unicorn on Infertility
False Unicorn Root has steroidal saponins and fatty acids. The steroidal saponins are thought to contribute to unicorn root’s medicinal properties. However, the mechanism of action of False Unicorn...
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Effect of False Unicorn on Cervical Cancer
Some contemporary herbalists claim that false unicorn can help “balance” the female reproductive system, normalizing hormone levels and optimizing ovarian action. In some cases it is therefore thought...
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What Is False Unicorn Used for Today?
Some contemporary herbalists claim that false unicorn can help “balance” the female reproductive system, normalizing hormone levels and optimizing ovarian action. On this basis, they recommend it for preventing miscarriages and treating infertility , dysmennorhea , PMS , pelvic inflammatory disease, and morning sickness . However, there is no meaningful evidence to support any of these uses. (For more information on why scientific studies are essential to determine whether folk uses of an herb are valid, see Why Does This Database Rely on Double-blind Studies?) Some herbalists support these proposed effects by referring to the presence of the hormone-like substance diosgenin in false unicorn. They claim that diosgenin either has hormonal properties, or that the body can use it to create hormones. This concept, however, is based on a widespread misconception. It is true that diosgenin is used by industrial chemists as a raw material from which to economically synthesize sex hormones. This fact has been sufficient to lead to an association in people’s minds between diosgenin and hormones. However, diosgenin itself does NOT have any hormonal properties, and while chemists can convert diosgenin into female hormones, the body does not do so.