False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum)


False unicorn (Chamaelirium carolinianum) medicinal herb is a plant which is defined as one of the female herbs due to the fact that its main medicinal purpose is to remedy the ailments of women. It is from the family, Liliaceae.

It is a perennial herbaceous medicinal plant that is native to North America. It is found in abundance along the Mississippi River because it loves to strive in moist and fertile soil.

It is not seen as long length plant because it is miniature and will grow up to100 centimeters in full length. It also blooms greenish white flowers and the main part used as herbal medicine is the bulbous rhizome or the roots.

The common names are Blazing start root, Devil’s bit, Helionas root and Veratrum luteum. It should not be mistaken for the true unicorn which is referred to as Aletris farinosa although it also contains some of the same constituents as the false one, which are Steroidal saponins (diosgenin) as well as numerous properties of oestrogenic.

The medicinal properties are tonic (uterine), diuretic, anti-inflammatory, emetic, vermifuge, anthelmintic as well as emmenagogue.