What Does Mandrake Root Do for You?

Overview

Mandrake root is an ancient herb used to induce sleep and as a painkiller. It is dangerous and is related to deadly nightshade. It has been used in witchcraft for centuries.

History

Mandrake root has been used for a long time. It is even mentioned in the Old Testament. It is said to have been used by Hannibal and Caesar against enemy armies.

Appearance

The root has a shape that is similar to a human.

Myths

One of the myths is that it screams when it is pulled from the ground; this isn't true. Another is that it is a cure for impotence, which is also false.

Chemicals

Mandrake root contains mandragora, atropine, scopolamine, hyoscyamine and podophyllin, all of which can be dangerous.

Effects

Mandrake root causes delirium and hallucinations. In high doses, it can even send the user into a coma.

References

  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • University of Maryland
  • Erowid.org
Keywords: herbal medicine, witchcraft, folk remedies