Winter Cherry

What other names is Winter Cherry known by?

Alkékenge, Alquequenje, Amour en Cage, Cape Gooseberry, Cerise d'Hiver, Cerise de Terre, Chinese Lantern, Coqueret, Coqueret Alkékenge, Corazoncillo, Farolillo Chino, Groseille du Cap, Herbe à Cloques, Herbe aux Cloques, Herbe à la Pierre, Japanese Lantern, Jin Deng Long, Lanterne Chinoise, Lanterne Japonaise, Physalis, Physalis alkekengi, Strawberry Tomato.

What is Winter Cherry?

Winter cherry is an herb. The ripened fruit is used to make medicine. Don't confuse this herb with ashwagandha, which is also known as winter cherry.

People take winter cherry to treat arthritis and gout; and to increase urine flow (as a diuretic) in kidney and bladder conditions.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Arthritis.
  • Gout.
  • Increasing urine flow (as a diuretic) in kidney and bladder conditions.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of winter cherry 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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