Infertility and False Unicorn
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 Root is not completely understood. This herb has steroidal saponins and fatty acids. The steroidal saponins are thought to contribute to unicorn root’s medicinal properties. However, modern clinical studies have not yet confirmed the action of this herb on infertility.
Research Evidence on False Unicorn
Scientists carried out animal studies to investigate the effects of false unicorn root. One of these studies aimed to examine the effects of the herb on the uterus of guinea pig; however, the investigators did not detect any stimulant or relaxant effect on the subjects.
There are few studies of the benefits of false unicorn root in humans, and most
information on this herb comes from anecdotal evidence. A recent observation suggests, that false unicorn root may act by increasing human chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone that helps maintain pregnancy by encouraging progesterone production; however, further studies are required to confirm false unicorn's influence on human chorionic gonadotropin.
How to Use False Unicorn
Traditional doses of false unicorn root are 2 g as a uterine tonic or diuretic; however, no clinical studies have been performed to support a particular dose. Check the label on the medicine for dosing instruction. Some manufacturers recommendations are as follows:
Tincture.You may take 2-5ml of 1:5 strength tincture, or 1-2ml of 1:2 strength fluid extract.
Decoction. If you are using dried root, decoct 1-2 grams in a cup of water, simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. One to 2 cups of false unicorn root decoction may be taken twice daily.
Side Effects and Warnings
You should always seek medical advice before using any false unicorn root preparation.
- False unicorn root may cause nausea or vomiting when taken in large doses.
- False unicorn may cause gastric irritation, you should use it cautiously if you have gastrointestinal problems.
- False unicorn root may alter the actions of hormone drugs that affect the uterus. If you're taking estrogen or progesterone, you should consult first with your own doctor to find out whether it is safe to use False Unicorn with prescription drugs or other supplements.
- Pregnant and lactating women are advised to avoid using false unicorn root because of the lack of information on safety and efficacy of the herb in these patient groups.
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