Botanical Name: Podophyllum peltatum
Common Names: Mandrake Root
What’s It Used For?
The Mandrake Root, is an herb native to the New World. Mandrake Root is found growing in parts of northeastern North America and has been used medicinally for many of years. Mandrake Root is sometimes called the umbrella plant, because of its similar appearance to a closed umbrella when it first appears each spring.
The plant itself grows to about a 12 inches in height and then spreads out. Mandrake Root will produce a fruit that is not tasty to consume. Mandrake Root Cut and Sifted, consists of the dried rhizome and connected roots.
People take 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.
As with all herbal remedies, be sure to consult with doctor before beginning a regime of use.