Simple Herbal Extracts | Indian Pipe


Indian Pipe

Botanical Name

Monotropa uniflora

Part Used

whole plant


Not for use in pregnancy or while lactating *

Traditional Information*

An unusual saprophyte (non-chlorophyll containing plant) used by Native Americans and Eclectic physicians for pain. Its action is similar in effect to nitrous oxide at the dentist—you are conscious and aware of pain, but distant from it. It  raises pain tolerance and, used along with anodynes and anti-inflammatory herbs, it can be an effective part of a pain management protocol. Indian Pipe and Corydalis can be very effective in helping to control cancer pain.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.