Dried rhizome & roots: 1-2 g decocted in a cup of water PO TID
Liquid Extract (1:1 in 45% alcohol) 1-2 mL TID
Tincture (1:5 in 45% alcohol): 2-5 mL TID
Capsules: comes in different strengths, follow mfr's instructions
Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, threatened miscarriage due to uterine atony, vomiting in pregnancy, intestinal worms
May be advisable to avoid in pregnancy & breastfeeding or used only under physician's supervision
Sometimes confused with Aletris farinosa, or true unicorn root
High doses may cause nausea & vomiting
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: not known, consult physician
Lactation: not known, consult physician
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Contains steroidal saponins, incl chaemelirin