MayApple Podophyllum peltatum
- Common Names
- MayApple , American Mandrake
- Botanical Name
- Podophyllum peltatum
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of MayApple
- Medicinal Uses: * Warts
- Properties: * Cathartic * emetic
- Parts Used: Rhizome
- Constituents: berberine ,podophyllin,podophyllotoxin, quercetin
How to Use: MayApple
Preparation Methods & Dosage :DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. Podophyllum resin may be prepared from a tincture of the root, and applied to the skin in small areas. This preparation and application should be done by a qualified practitioner. Poisoning has occurred from topical treatment.
MayApple Side Effects: POISONOUS. Do not ingest any part of this plant, even the edible berries can cause vomiting if eaten in excess. Use of this plant is best left to those with extensive knowledge of plant medicines. If using an over the counter preparation of Podophyllum, follow directions carefully, and treat only small areas of skin.
Mayapple is native to North America. It grows in wet meadow lands and in damp, open woods. It flowers in may and fruits in August. The fruit tastes somewhat like that of paw-paw, and is the only part of the plant that can be eaten, in moderation. The leaves and stems are poisonous and ingestion can be fatal. 3
Regional Traditions :North America *