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.

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How does Winter Cherry work?

There isn't enough information available to know how winter cherry works.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if winter cherry is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of winter cherry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Winter Cherry.

The appropriate dose of winter cherry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for winter cherry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011