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Raspberry leaf at delivery, an investigation

  1. Raspberries, the sweet, bumpy fruit, everyone knows, but that the leaf of the plant also has some reputation in a tasty herbal tea and even as a medicine, is probably less well known. The Latin name of the plant is Rubus Idaeus and means 'that which comes from Mount Ida in Crete'.

An investigation

  1. To further substantiate the usefulness of raspberry leaf in labor, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted by Simpson and colleagues. Participants in this study were women who were pregnant for the first time. From week 32 of pregnancy, these women were given a tablet twice a day containing a raspberry leaf extract (corresponding to 1.2 grams of dried raspberry leaf per tablet; or an appearance identical placebo tablet. The tablets were taken until delivery.

Gem means Rubus idaeus

  1. Also in other naturopathic systems, such as in gemmotherapy, the infusion of the young shoots of the shrub is specifically used for gynecological disorders, and especially combined with Ribes nigrum. It may have a slight inhibitory effect on the anterior pituitary lobe and a regulating effect on ovarian secretion, but the main effect seems to me to be its relaxing effect on the uterus.

For further research

  1. Simpson M, Parsons M, Greenwood J, Wade K. Raspberry leaf in pregnancy: its safety and efficacy in labor. J Midwifery Womens Health 2001; 46 (2): 51-9. Parsons M, Simpson M, Ponton T. 1999. Raspberry leaf and its effect on labor: safety and efficacy. Aust Coll Midwives Inc J 1999 Sep; 12 (3): 20-5.

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