[Herbalist] Re: Raspberry Leaf Bad?

Katherine Blackthorne kblackthorne at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 17 12:44:03 PDT 2002

I have heard of red raspberry leaf for years as a "uterine tonic", and of
its use during pregnancy to "strenghten the uterus", making delivery easier.

I have also read (let me go find my source info) that the way it
"strenghtens the uterus" is by causing mild muscular contractions... Kind of
the oposite of Magdelena's source, (below).

I know that when I miscarried in '99, I was very glad afterwards that I had
not taken any.  (I would have forever blamed the miscarriage on the herb --
and on my taking it.)


>From: Tara Sersen Boroson <tboroson at netcarrier.com>
>Reply-To: herbalist at ansteorra.org
>To: herbalist at ansteorra.org
>Subject: Re: [Herbalist] Re: Raspberry Leaf Bad?
>Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 15:24:16 -0400
>Here's some info on Red Raspberry leaf from the Bionutritional
>Encyclopedia.  The only Benefit associated with it is:
>  Red raspberry leaf tea may help promote relaxing the smooth muscles of
>the uterus.
>2 articles applied to this statement: 0 pro citations, 2 con citations,
>0 inconclusive citations.
>... And it's listed as "No Science" supporting it.
>They also have the precaution:
>       Since some of the constituents in red raspberry may have an
>effect on uterine muscles, and since there have been no safety studies,
>it is advisable to avoid this substance, especially during pregnancy.
>Tyler VE. Herbs of choice. The therapeutic use of phytochemicals. New
>York: Haworth, 1994.
>Here's another option:
> > Chaste Tree Berry       At certain doses, may play a role in
>regulating menstruation.
>72 articles about Chaste Tree Berry reviewed by BioValidity, 9 applied
>to this statement: 8 pro, 1 con, 0 inconclusive.
>It looks like the dosage used in one of the trials was 20 mg.  The
>summary doesn't say how often.  If you want to look up the article, it's:
>  Milewicz A, Gejdel E, Sworen H, Sienkiewicz K, Jedrzejak J, Teucher T,
>Schmitz H. Vitex agnus-castus  extract in the treatment of luteal phase
>defects due to latent hyperprolactinemia. Results of a randomized
>placebo-controlled trial. Arzneimittel-Forschung 1993; 43: 752-6.
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