Chamaelirium 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.
Saponins; glycosides, including
chamaelirin and helonin.
Increases womb muscle tone; increases urine production; kills and helps expel worms.
Used for absent or painful periods, threatened miscarriage, nausea in pregnancy, and for certain forms of female infertility.