False Unicorn Chamaelirium luteum

chamaelirium_luteum 1Family Liliaceae

Part used: Root

Herbal action: Uterine tonic, diuretic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue,emetic, tonic.

Indications:Mental irritability and despondency; sexual lassitude; atony of the female reproductive organs; gastric debility, with anorexia, nausea, indigestion, and mal-assimilation, particularly when due to reflexes of uterine origin; sticky, slimy leucorrhoea; atonic urinary tract; dysmenorrhoea, with pelvic fullness and heaviness, as if congested, with bearing-down sensation, as if the parts were about to fall out. Usually taken at the one drop dosage level, every 2 – 3 hours as a specific.

Contraindications and cautions:Large doses cause nausea and vomiting.

Medicinal uses: Used mostly as an adaptogen for the female system; False unicorn is also used to balance and tone the females organs in apparently opposite situations. It can be used in all uterine problems, but it is specifically useful in delayed or absent menstruation. Where ovarian pain occurs, false unicorn root is excellent. It is also indicated to prevent threatened miscarriage (three parts false unicorn and 1 part lobelia) and ease vomiting associated with pregnancy. Large doses can cause vomiting and nausea.