May 2, 2016

European Mandrake

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What other names is European Mandrake known by?

Alraunwurzel, Mandragora, Mandragora officinarum, Mandragora vernalis, Mandragore, Mandragore Officinale, Mandragore des Sorcières, Mandrake, Manzana de Satán, Racine de Sorcière, Satan's Apple.

What is European Mandrake?

European mandrake is an herb that is the subject of many superstitions. Some people believe that it has magical powers. The root and leaves are used to make medicine.

People take European mandrake root for treating stomach ulcers, colic, constipation, asthma, hay fever, convulsions, arthritis-like pain (rheumatism), and whooping cough. It is also used to trigger vomiting, cause sleepiness (sedation), reduce pain, and increase interest in sexual activity.

European mandrake fresh leaves and leaf extracts are applied directly to the skin for treating skin ulcers.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Pain.
  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Constipation.
  • Colic.
  • Asthma.
  • Hay fever.
  • Convulsions.
  • Arthritis-like pain.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Causing sleepiness (sedation).
  • Skin ulcers, when the leaf or leaf extract is applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of European mandrake for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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