False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum)

Parts used and where grown: False unicorn is native to Mississippi and continues to grow primarily in the southern parts of the United States. The roots of false unicorn contain the greatest amounts of the active constituents.

In what conditions might false unicorn root be supportive?

¥ amenorrhea (lack of menstruation)

¥ menorrhagia (heavy menstruation)

¥ painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea)

¥ premenstrual syndrome

Historical or traditional use: The medicinal use of false unicorn root is based in Native American tradition, where it was recommended for a large number of womenÕs health conditions, including lack of menstruation (amenorrhea), painful menstruation, and other irregularities of menstruation, as well as to prevent miscarriages.1 It was also an important remedy for morning sickness.

Active constituents: Steroidal saponins are generally credited with providing false unicorn rootÕs activity.2 Modern investigations have not confirmed this, and there is no research yet about the medical applications of this herb.

How much should I take? Generally, false unicorn root is taken as a tincture in the amount of 2&endash;4 ml per day. It is almost always taken in combination with other herbs supportive of the female reproductive organs, particularly vitex (Vitex agnus-castus).

Are there any side effects or interactions? No adverse effects have been reported with the use of false unicorn. Its long history of use in pregnant women suggests it may be safe for these individuals, but no studies have confirmed or denied it.


1. Mills SY. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. Middlesex, UK: Viking Arkana, 1991, 520&endash;22.
2. Mills SY. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. Middlesex, UK: Viking Arkana, 1991, 520&endash;22.

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