- What other names is Red Raspberry known by?
- What is Red Raspberry?
- How does Red Raspberry work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Red Raspberry.
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, heart failure, high blood pressure, fever, diabetes, and vitamin deficiency.
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...
- Heart failure..
- Heart problems.
- High blood pressure.
- Morning sickness in pregnancy.
- Painful and heavy periods.
- Respiratory system problems.
- Skin rash.
- Sore throat.
- Stomach problems.
- Swine flu.
- Vitamin deficiencies.
- Other conditions.
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No side effects from taking red raspberry have been reported. However, there have been reports of raspberries contaminated with bacteria and viruses, causing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY SAFE to eat red raspberry in food amounts during pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf is POSSIBLY SAFE for use in medicinal amounts during late pregnancy, but only under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. Red raspberry leaf is commonly used by nurse midwives to ease delivery. Don't take it on your own. The concern is that red raspberry might act like the hormone estrogen, and this might harm the pregnancy.
Not enough is known about the safety of taking red raspberry leaf during breast-feeding. It's best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Red raspberry might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use red raspberry.
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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