False Unicorn | Naturally Help Period Cramps and Other Women’s Health Issues
Chamaelirium luteum (or Helonias, Blazing-Star, Devils’ Bit, Fairy Wand) False unicorn is a native lily of the southern and eastern parts of the United States. Its roots (rhizome) were used for medicinal purposes in Native American folklore. Its popularity as a medicinal herb has put the plant in danger as a species.
False Unicorn works by increasing estrogen, but there have not been very many studies done on it. Because it can alter hormones and may affect pregnancies, it should only be used under the supervision of a skilled herbalist, naturopathic physician, or midwife.
More research needs to be done on False Unicorn to determine its health benefits. The bioactivity of the main phytochemicals has been studied, but whether or not they are available in the body once ingested, is still under scrutiny.
The major perceived health benefits of False Unicorn are related to women’s health. This isn’t surprising given that it affects estrogen levels.
It may be used to treat painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), morning sickness, recurrent miscarriages, uterine and cervical weakness, uterine prolapse, absent menstruation (amenorrhea)
Other Medicinal Uses
Appetite stimulation, promote urine production, and intestinal worms, and induce vomiting
Potential Side Effects
Because it can alter hormones and may affect pregnancies, it should only be used under the supervision of a skilled herbalist, naturopathic physician, or midwife. Large doses may cause nausea and vomiting.