FALSE UNICORN

OTHER NAME(S):

Alétris, Blazing Star, Chamaelire Doré, Chamaelirium luteum, Chamaelirium carolinianum, Fairywand, Fausse Licorne, Helonias, Helonias dioica, Helonias lutea, Plante Étoilée, Starwort, Unicornio Falso, Veratrum luteum.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

False unicorn is an herb. The underground stem (rhizome) and root are used to make medicine.

Women use false unicorn for treating ovarian cysts, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, vomiting from pregnancy, and infertility. Some women take it to normalize hormones after discontinuing birth control pills.

False unicorn is also used to treat digestive problems and to relieve water retention by increasing urine flow. Some people also use it to rid the intestines of worms.

How does it work?

False unicorn might contain chemicals that stimulate the uterus and kill intestinal worms. It might also increase the production of urine.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of false unicorn for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There is not enough information to know if false unicorn is safe when used as a medicine. Large doses can cause nausea and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use false unicorn if you are pregnant. It might cause uterine contractions and threaten the pregnancy.

Not enough is known about the safety of using false unicorn during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Stomach or intestinal disorders (gastrointestinal disorders): False unicorn can irritate the stomach and intestines. Don't use it if you have any problems with your stomach or intestines.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Lithium interacts with FALSE UNICORN

    False unicorn might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking false unicorn might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of false unicorn depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for false unicorn. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Challinor VL, Stuthe JM, Parsons PG, et al. Structure and bioactivity of steroidal saponins isolated from the roots of Chamaelirium luteum (false unicorn). J Nat Prod. 2012;75(8):1469-79. View abstract.
  • Ho SH, Singh M, Holloway AC, Crankshaw DJ. The effects of commercial preparations of herbal supplements commonly used by women on the biotransformation of fluorogenic substrates by human cytochromes P450. Phytother Res. 2011;25(7):983-9. View abstract.
  • Yokosuka A, Takagi K, Mimaki Y. New cholestane glycosides and sterols from the underground parts of Chamaelirium luteum and their cytotoxic activity. J Nat Med. 2013;67(3):590-8. View abstract.

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