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Chamaelirium luteumChamaelirium luteum (Liliaceae)

FALSE UNICORN ROOT, HELONIAS, STARWORT

 

The value of this rhizome in treating female reproductive disorders was learned from the Indians of North America. Herbalists still use it for such problems, including threatened miscarriage and infertility.

 

False unicorn root is a particularly useful bequest from the North American Indians' detailed knowledge of those herbs helpful for disorders of the female reproductive organs. Growing in wet places in the south eastern United States, this perennial has spear-shaped leaves, a small round rhizome, and tiny green-white flowers in late summer.

 

PARTS USED

Rhizome.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Saponins; glycosides, including chamaelirin and helonin.

 

ACTIONS

Increases womb muscle tone; increases urine production; kills and helps expel worms.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Used for absent or painful periods, threatened miscarriage, nausea in pregnancy, and for certain forms of female infertility.

 

PREPARATIONS

Infusion, tincture.

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