Information on False Unicorn

Latin NameChamaelireum luteum
Other NamesBlazing star
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsEndocrine system, Liver
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy. May cause gastrointestinal irritation in large doses.
Botanical InfoA one to four feet erect plant of wet places of the eastern U.S. with basal leaves and long, slender spikes of small cream-colored flowers.
DescriptionFalse unicorn root is an excellent female tonic--an ovarian adaptogen--which can be taken long-term in small doses (20-30 drops 2-3 x daily) and is used for painful menstruation, amenorrhea, threatened abortion, and morning sickness. It is also indicated for leukorrea and uterine prolapse as well as being valuable during menopause. False unicorn root can be helpful for low sex drive associated with congested energy and blood in the sexual organs. It may be useful for poor appetite and for bladder conditions, such as frequent urination (especially during the night), due to pelvic congestion.

False Unicorn has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture40-60 drops 2-3 x daily
Capsules2-5 capsules daily

Ailments Treated by False Unicorn

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Miscarriage, threatenedfemale tonictincture, capsule, tea
Dysmenorrheaemmenagogue; hormone regulatortincture, tea
Amenorrheauterine tonictea, tincture, capsule


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