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False Unicorn

False Unicorn


This fact sheet provides basic information about False Unicorn. False Unicorn Root is a flowering herb originally found in moist areas east of the Mississippi river but also common in other southern states. False Unicorn is commonly used to treat menstrual abnormalities and other complications arising from imbalance of female hormones including dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), other irregularities of menstruation, and to prevent miscarriages.

Common Names

False Unicorn, Helonias Root, Devil's Bit, Blazing Star, Drooping Starwort, Rattlesnake, Fairy-Wand

Latin Names

Chamaelirium luteum

What It Is Used For

  • Historically, false unicorn has been used as a uterine tonic for treatment of amenorrhea and morning sickness, as an appetite stimulant, diuretic, vermifuge, emetic, and insecticide.
  • In addition, it may help improve low sex drive in some women.

How It Is Used

The most common form of false unicorn supplementation is as a tincture. As tinture 1/2-1 teaspoon of false unicorn is recommended three times daily. If taking the dried root, take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon (1-2 grams) three times per day.

What the Science Says

  • An understanding of false unicorn root's effects must await additional modern chemical and pharmacological studies.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking. Avoid use.


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