RED RASPBERRY

OTHER NAME(S):

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

Overview

Overview Information

Red raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. Red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries.

Some people take red raspberry leaf by mouth for easing labor and delivery, for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders including diarrhea; for infection of the airways including flu, and for heart problems.

Red raspberry leaf is used in a gargle for sore throat and applied to the skin for rashes.

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.

How does it work?

The chemicals in red raspberry might have antioxidant effects and help relax blood vessels. They might also cause muscles to contract or relax, depending on the dose and the muscle involved. This is the theory behind red raspberry’s use in easing labor and delivery.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Ineffective for

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

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Abnormally heavy bleeding during menstrual periods (menorrhagia).
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Flu (influenza).
  • Gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Heart disease.
  • Heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Infection of the airways.
  • Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea).
  • Morning sickness.
  • Preventing miscarriage.
  • Skin rash.
  • Sore throat (pharyngitis).
  • Vitamin deficiencies.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of red raspberry for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Red raspberry fruit is LIKELY SAFE for most people when eaten in food amounts. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in larger amounts as medicine. No side effects from taking red raspberry fruit have been reported. But a full evaluation of the safety of red raspberry has not been conducted.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY SAFE to eat red raspberry fruit in food amounts during pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf is POSSIBLY SAFE for use by mouth in medicinal amounts during LATE pregnancy, but only under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. Red raspberry leaf is used by nurse midwives to ease delivery. But don't take it on your own. It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take red raspberry leaf as a medicine throughout pregnancy without the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. The concern is that red raspberry might act like the hormone estrogen. 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.

Diabetes: Red raspberry leaf might lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use red raspberry leaf.

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.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for RED RASPBERRY Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of red raspberry 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 red raspberry. 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.

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