Red Raspberry

What other names is Red Raspberry known by?

Framboise, Framboise Rouge, Framboisier Rouge, Framboisier Sauvage, Frambuesa Roja, Raspberry, Rubi Idaei Folium, Rubus, Rubus buschii, Rubus idaeus, Rubus strigosus.

What is Red Raspberry?

Red raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. However, red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries. The therapeutic use of raspberry leaf was first described in 1597 in a book called "The Herbal," or "A General History of Plants." Today, red raspberry leaf and fruit are still used as medicine.

Red raspberry leaf is used for gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders, including diarrhea; for respiratory system disorders, including flu and swine flu; and for heart problems, fever, diabetes, and vitamin deficiency. It is also used to promote sweating, urination, and bile production. Some people use it for general "purification of skin and blood."

Some women use raspberry leaf for painful periods, heavy periods, morning sickness associated with pregnancy, preventing miscarriage, and easing labor and delivery.

Red raspberry leaf is applied directly to the skin for sore throat and skin rash.

In foods, red raspberry fruit is eaten and processed into jams and other foods. Red raspberry leaf in small quantities is a source of natural flavoring in Europe.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Making labor and delivery easier. Taking red raspberry leaf does not seem to reduce the length of labor or decrease the need for pain-relieving medication around the time of delivery.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stomach problems.
  • Heart problems.
  • Respiratory system problems.
  • Diabetes.
  • Vitamin deficiencies.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Skin rash.
  • Sore throat.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of red raspberry for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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