mandrake image from New Medical Terms



A trivial name given to a family of medicinal herbs of the nightshade family

(1) Mayapple, see there, Podophyllum peltatum

(2) As commonly understood, mandrake (MD) is a Mediterranean perennial plant which contains alkaloids including hyoscyamine, mandragorin, and podophyllin.

It was once used as an anaesthetic and sedative. The hyoscyamine in MD, which is a deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloid and the root’s vague resemblance to the naked human body have made it popular in neopagan religions such as Wicca and Germanic revivalism religions such as Odinism.

Synonyms Alraun, devil’s testicles, mandragora, Satan’s apple, Mandragora officinalis 

Reference (plant)


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