PHYTOCHEMISTRY AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF MANDRAGORA OFFICINARUM: A REVIEWAbstract
Mandragora officinarum (MO) is thought to be one of the magical herbs since the classical period. The plant belongs to the Solanaceae family and popular in Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs and Hebrews. Earlier, it was believed that the plant has evil power. Different ethnic groups worked closely to establish its profound benefits in the traditional medical field. After thorough research on this plant, it was found that the plant has several medicinal properties and has a powerful intoxicating nature. Even, it is familiar for its narcotic and anesthetic characteristics. Not only that the plant can be used in hallucination, but mania, delirium and can also relieve certain joint pains and acts as a healing agent. It’s diversified phytochemistry consisting of alkaloids, nonalkaloids and some sugars. The current article demonstrates its several pharmacological benefits such as narcosis, anesthetic, aphrodisiac, natural healer and hallucinating quality along with its different phytochemical constituents like atropine, hyoscyamine, cuscohygrine, scopolamine, belladonine, some sugars.
K. M. Mou, M. N. Parvin and P. R. Dash *
Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
01 October 2019
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