Raspberry - Useful Herb for Diarrhea | Urinary Problems | Kidney Stones and Fluid Retention
Rubus idaeus Rosaceae Also called Garden raspberry, European red raspberry
Native to both Europe and Asia, raspberry has long been grown for its sweet red berries. This deciduous biennial shrub with pale green leaves can reach a height of 2m. Clusters of white flowers appear in the second year of growth.
The leaves contain polypeptides, flavonoids and tannins including anthocyan ins, while the fruit contains pectin, fruit sugars and acids. and vitamins A, B, and C.
A tea made from the leaves can be taken to treat diarrhea, urinary problems, kidney stones, gallstones, and fluid retention. Traditionally the leaves have been used just before and during labour to stimulate the uterus and bring on childbirth.
External applications of the leaves are used to treat eye inflammation, skin irritations and wounds, and excessive vaginal discharge. The berries also have an astringent action which helps to heal wounds. This may be due to the anthocyanins, which American scientists showed in 2001 could inhibit enzymes involved in the body's inflammatory response.
Plant young plants in moist. welldrained soil, in sun or partial shade.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT diarrhea, urinary infections
For external use
TO TREAT skin ailments COMPRESS Soak a cloth in the infusion or diluted tincture and apply to affected area.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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