Red RaspberryRubus idaeus
Herbalists have long believed that raspberry leaf tea taken regularly during pregnancy can prevent complications and make delivery easier. Raspberry has also been used to reduce excessive menstruation and relieve symptoms of diarrhea. However, there is no evidence that it is safe or effective for these uses.
What Is Red Raspberry Used for Today?
Red raspberry tea is still commonly recommended for pregnant women
To make raspberry leaf tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried leaf, steep for 10 minutes, and then sweeten to taste. Unlike many medicinal herbs, raspberry leaf actually has a pleasant taste! During pregnancy, drink 2 to 3 cups daily.
Raspberry is believed to be a safe herb. The double-blind placebo-controlled trial noted above found no evidence of harm in the 96 pregnant women given red raspberry. 3 However, this does not exclude the possibility of rare side effects or toxicity with excessive dosages. Safety in young children or those with severe liver or kidney disease has also not been established.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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