False Unicorn - Chamaelirium luteum

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This False unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

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False unicorn - Chamaelirium luteum/Helonius dioica in the Liliaceae or Lily family

Parts used: Rhizome.

Taste/smell: Slightly acrid, bitter.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon of herb per cup of water, or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 30-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Heaviness and congestion in the pelvis with the sensation that the pelvic organs are falling out. The patient feels lumbar pain, pain down the thighs and the back of the legs, restlessness and general weakness. The patient often has a history of hemorrhoids, varicose veins of the legs and labial varicosities.

Use: (a) Diuretic, (b) Reproductive tonic for both sexes, (c) Cerebrospinal trophorestorative.

False unicorn is indicated in atonic conditions such as uterine or bladder atony or prolapse, vaginal laxity and passive hemorrhage and menorrhagia. It is also used with dysmenorrhea due to atony, and habitual miscarriages due to incompetent cervix. The root contains 0.0013% diosgenin. This root is often confused on the market with Aletris farinosa. Chamaelirium has fleshy roots with fibers coming out of them, while Aletris roots are small thread-like fibers.

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