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Overview Information

Winter cherry is a plant. It grows in central and southern Europe, Iran, China, and Southeast Asia. The fruit and leaves are used to make medicine.

People take winter cherry to treat arthritis, gout, enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH), fever, swelling, and constipation. They also use it to increase urine flow (as a diuretic) in kidney and bladder conditions. Women use it as a contraceptive, and to cause abortion.

How does it work?

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


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Taking a mixture of extracts from winter cherry, sweet violet, and Echium amoenum for 2 weeks seems to reduce prostate size and some symptoms of BPH.
  • Arthritis.
  • Gout.
  • Increasing urine flow (as a diuretic) in kidney and bladder conditions.
  • Fever.
  • Constipation.
  • Swelling.
  • Preventing pregnancy.
  • Causing an abortion.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of winter cherry for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

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: Winter cherry is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken during pregnancy. Winter cherry might prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. Don’t use winter cherry if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Not enough is known about the safety of winter cherry during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for WINTER CHERRY Interactions.



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.

View References


  • Beiraghdar F, Einollahi B, Ghadyani A, et al. A two-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Viola odorata, Echium amoenum and Physalis alkekengi mixture in symptomatic benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) men. Pharm Biol 2017;55(1):1800-5. View abstract.
  • Montaserti A, Pourheydar M, Khazaei M, Ghorbani R. Anti-fertility effects of Physalis alkekengi alcoholic extract in female rat. Iranian J Reproduct Med 2007;5(1):13-16.

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