|Name: False Unicorn
Name: Chamaelirium luteum
Names: False Unicorn, Starwort, Helonias Root
Used: Dried rhizome and root
Saponins; the glycosides chamaelirin and helonin, based on diosgenin
Uterine tonic, diuretic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue.
This herb, used by the North American Indians, is one of the best tonics and strengtheners of the reproductive system that we have. Though primarily used for the female system, it can be equally beneficial for men. It is known to contain precursors of the estrogens. However, it acts in an amphoteric way to normalize function.
The body may use this herb to balance and tone and thus it will aid in apparently opposite situations. Whilst being of help in all uterine problems, it is specifically useful in delayed or absent menstruation. Where ovarian pain occurs, False Unicorn Root may be safely used. It is also indicated to prevent threatened miscarriage and ease vomiting associated with pregnancy. However, large doses will cause nausea and vomiting.
Decoction: Put 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the root in a cup of water, bring to boiling and simmer gently for
10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. For threatened miscarriage it may be drunk copiously.
Tincture: Take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.
No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.
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