Red raspberry leaf

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The red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus), also known as garden raspberry leaf, is produced by the deciduous raspberry plant and used in folk remedies.[1]

Use in pregnancy[edit]

Traditional lore suggests that pregnant women use raspberry leaf tea, especially as an aid in delivery.[2] However, scientific research has found little to no evidence to support this claim.[3] Most of the evidence available is anecdotal, and a 2009 review article stressed concern at the lack of evidence for safety and efficacy and called recommendations of its use "questionable".[3]


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  2. ^ McFarlin, Barbara L.; Patsy Harman; Jann O'Rear; Mary H. Gibson (May–June 1999). "A National Survey of Herbal Preparation Use by Nurse-midwives for Labor Stimulation: Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Practice". Journal of Nurse-Midwifery. 44 (3): 205–216. doi:10.1016/S0091-2182(99)00037-3. PMID 10380441. 
  3. ^ a b Lone Holst; Svein Haavik; Hedvig Nordeng (13 June 2009). "Raspberry leaf – Should it be recommended to pregnant women?". Complementary therapies in clinical practice. 15 (4): 204–8. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.05.003. PMID 19880082.