Other names: May apple, Devil's Apple, Hog-apple, Indian Apple, American May Apple, Racoonberry, Wild Lemon
*Antibilious, Anti-Cancer, Cathartic, **Cytostatic, ***Hydrogogue, Purgative, Warts.
American Mandrake, or May Apple, is medicinal and edible (fruit), used extensively by Native Americans. The fully ripe fruit is eaten raw, cooked or made into jams, jellies, marmalades, and pies. It is very aromatic, and has a sweet peculiar but agreeable flavor. May Apple seeds and rind are not edible, said to be poisonous. The root and plant contain valuable constituents Quercetin, Kaempferol, Podophyllin, Isorhamnetin, Gallic-acid, Berberine, Alpha-peltatin, that are being studied for their healing, anticancer and other properties. The root is used as a medicinal herb, it is antibilious, cathartic, cytostatic, hydrogogue and purgative, it should only be used by professional Herbalists. It is a most powerful and useful alternative medicine. A possible treatment for cancer is being tested as it contains podophyllin, which has an antimiotic effect (it interferes with cell division and can thus prevent the growth of cells).
The resin of May Apple, which is obtained from the root, is used in the treatment of warts.
Caution: American Mandrake herb produces nausea and vomiting, and even inflammation of the stomach and intestines, which has been known to prove fatal. In moderate doses, it is a drastic purgative with some cholagogue action. Do not use wile pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive.
*Antibilious-corrects secretions of bile **Cytostatic- slows growth of tumors ***Hydrogogue- Causes abundant watery discharge