Chamaelirium luteum Common name: False Unicorn Root
Parts Used: Root
Constituents: Steroidal saponins – chamaelirin and helonin (based on diosgenin).
Medicinal actions: Uterine tonic, diuretic, emetic, vermifuge.
Medicinal use: Is one of herbal medicine’s best tonics and strengtheners of the reproductive system. Though it is primarily used for the female system, it can be equally beneficial for men. It is known to contain precursors to estrogens, however it acts in a way to normalize function. The body may use this herb to balance and tone and thus it will aid in apparently opposite situations. While being of help in all uterine problems, it is specifically helpful in delayed or absent menses. It is also indicated to prevent threatened miscarriage and ease vomitting associated with pregnancy.
Pharmacy: Powdered root: 1-2 g. Decoction: 1 tsp/cup water, 1 cup TID. Tincture: (1:5, 45%), 3-5 ml TID. Fluid extract: (1:1, 45%), 1-2 ml TID.
Toxicity: In large doses, it is a cardiac poison and will cause nausea & vomiting.
Contraindications: Avoid in early pregnancy.
Interactions: None known.