Information on False Unicorn Root

Latin NameChamaelirium luteum
Other NamesHelonias Root
Part UsedRoot, Rhizome
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsReproductive system, Urinary system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy. The herb is sometimes taken for morning sickness and threatened miscarriage in small doses under the supervision of an experienced herbalist. Large doses may cause vomiting. Populations of this herb are declining; use
Botanical InfoA perennial herb in the lily family from wet shadey places in the eastern U.S., growing to four feet tall with basal leaves and tall spires of small cream-colored flowers.
DescriptionFalse unicorn root is mainly known as a uterine tonic and is of value for leukorrea, menopause, and uterine prolapse. It is often an ingredient in formulas used to prevent miscarriage and to alleviate nausea during pregnancy, for which it is best to consult a qualified herbalist or health care practitioner before using.

Unicorn Root, False has a taste of ACRID, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1-2 cups 2 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by False Unicorn Root

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Miscarriage, threatenedfemale tonictincture, capsule, tea
Amenorrheaemmenagogue; hormone regulatortincture, tea, capsules
Dysmenorrheaemmenagogue; hormone regulatortincture, tea, capsules


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