Raspberry leaf: Questions – Answers

Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

What will this herb do for me?

Raspberry leaf preparations have been used since ancient times to prepare the uterus for birth in an attempt to facilitate a complication-free labour. It is also used to treat diarrhea and dyspeptic complaints, and incorporated into a mouthwash to reduce inflammation of the mouth and throat.

When will it start to work?

Currently, there is insufficient research to answer this question. However, it is used in increasing doses during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Symptomatic relief of diarrhea and inflammation of the oral cavity is likely to occur within the first few doses.

Are there any safety issues?

Considering raspberry leaf has uterine activity, it is recommended that pregnant women wanting to use it do so under the careful supervision of an experienced healthcare professional.