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.
Similarly one may ask, what is mandrakes in the Bible?
Mandrake (Mandragora officinaruim), nearly forgotten today, is one of the most famous plants known to humanity. Mandrake is mentioned in the Bible (Gen. 30:14-16) and its Biblical use is generally attributed to its supposed fertility power.
Also to know, why did Rachel want Mandrakes?
In Hebrew the word is dudaim, whose etymology might suggest a connection with dodim, "sexual love." Therefore, it has been speculated, eating mandrakes was thought to aid desire or fertility, and Rachel, barren till then, wanted them so she could conceive. Perhaps Rachel wanted them just for their pleasant smell.
Which drug is made from Mandrake?
Etoposide is a semisynthetic derivative of podophyllotoxin, an alkaloid from the May apple or mandrake plant.
Is Mandrake illegal in the US?
Mandrake is uncontrolled in the United States. This means all parts of the plant and its extracts are legal to cultivate, buy, possess, and distribute (sell, trade or give) without a license or prescription. See Comments on New State Laws Controlling the Consumption of Hallucinogenic Plants.