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A perennial herb, the rhizome and roots of which contain steroidal saponins; it is diuretic; it is used by Native American and Western herbalists as a uterine tonic, for morning sickness, and to promote menstrual flow
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Traditional and historical naturopathic approaches to uterine fibroids have included castor oil packs over the liver, low-fat/low-saturated-fat/high-fiber diets, alterative herbs (Corydalis tubers, black alder bark, mayapple root, figwort flowering herb, yellow dock root); Turska's formula (gelsemium root, pokeroot, aconite, and bryonia--consult a botanical expert, as these are toxic herbs); and thuja, red root, mountain ash bark, prickly ash bark, Stillingia root, Helonias root, mayapple root, and ginger root.
A proprietary formula was found to owe its estrogenic property to Glycyrrhiza glabra, Aletris farinosa, Helonias luteum and Asclepias tuberosa, but principally to the licorice (Costello 1950).
Current phytotherapeutic treatment of menopausal symptoms involves herbs with a tradition of less than three generations of use, (100 years of use is the minimum requirement for the label 'traditional use' according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia) such as Dioscorea villosa (wild yam), Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh), Helonias dioica/ Chamaelirium luteum (false unicorn root) and Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree/berry).
Individual landowners will be contacted regarding the presence of Helonias on their property and the significance of this species.