.Doda-im — Mandrakes : as used in homeopathy

 וַיֵּלֶךְ רְאוּבֵן בִּימֵי קְצִיר-חִטִּים, וַיִּמְצָא דוּדָאִים בַּשָּׂדֶה, וַיָּבֵא אֹתָם, אֶל-לֵאָה אִמּוֹ; וַתֹּאמֶר רָחֵל, אֶל-לֵאָה, תְּנִי-נָא לִי, מִדּוּדָאֵי בְּנֵךְ. 14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah: ‘Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.’One of the mysterious verses of the Tora. Dod-im is often translated as mandrakes[MANDRAGORA], but also jasmine, violets and even baskets of figs have been suggested. The mandragora officinarum  [the root], as it is known today, is rarely used today as it contains highly toxic alkaloids. It was formerly used as an anaesthetic for operations. Intoxication symptoms are those of atropine [dry mouth, intense thirst, slow pulse and even death] Atropine is known to the Israeli population mostly because of our “lovely neighbours”………

In homoeopathy mandragora [D6]can be used for “navel-colics” [abdominal cramps] which are especially worse in the morning hours and where the child tends to stretch backwards [which seems to give relieve [bism.nitr, belladonna and dioscorea also have this “symptom”: abdominal pain relieved by stretching, whereas the abdominal pain of colocynth feels better by bending and is often accompanied by nausea .

In adults, certain kind of “rheumatic pains” and sciatica [is chias] maybe rapidly relieved by mandragora, when the patient tells us heat and movement seem to relieve the pains [Rhus tox. also have these characteristics]

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