Mandragora officinarum

Mandragora officinarum L.

Solanaceae

  • Mandragora autumnalis
  • Mandrake
  • بيض الجن
  • تفاح المجن
  • تفاح النجم
  • جبروح
  • شجاع
  • beid el-jen
  • jabruh
  • shuja'
  • tuffah al-najm
  • tuffah majan
  • דּוּדָא רְפוּאִי
  • duda refu'i

Hemicryptophyte

  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Mandragora officinarum L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Cancer

Cancer

Anti-carcinogenic

1. Eat ripe fruit
2. Decoct roots & drink x1 cup /day. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

RhizomeZ
Gastrointestinal

Stomach ulcer

Anti-ulcer

Eat ripe fruits. (See CAUTIONS.)

RhizomeZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infections

Anti-Infective

Decoct roots & drink x1 cup/day until well. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

RootB
Mens Health/ Sexuality

Impotence

Aphrodisiac

Decoct roots & drink x1 cup /day. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Rhizome, RootZ, B
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Knee pain

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Mash fruit + leek (Allium porrum), spread on cloth & apply locally.

RhizomeZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Apply juice of roots to affected area.

RhizomeZ
Women`s Health/ Reproductive Health

Female infertility

Fertility

Use fruit. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.) (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

RhizomeZ

Other Uses

Mandragora officinarum L.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Veterinary

Induce hatching in chicken

Hatching

Feed seeds to chickens.

RhizomeZ

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Mandragora officinarum is toxic with roots & leaves especially poisonous. Alkaloids are responsible for its toxicity including anticholinergic, hallucinogenic & hypnotic activity. Symptoms include asphyxiation, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, pupil dilatation, dryness of mouth, difficulty urinating, dizziness, headache, vomiting, blushing, rapid heart rate, hyperactivity & hallucinations.