Raspberry leaf (Rubi idaei folium)

Published October 15, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

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Name of Drug

Rubi idaei folium, raspberry leaf.

Composition of Drug

Raspberry leaf consists of the leaf of Rubus idaeus L. [Fam. Rosaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Raspberry leaf is used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the cardiovascular system, and the mouth and throat, and also for skin rashes and inflammation, influenza, fever, menstrual problems, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, as a diaphoretic, diuretic, and choleretic, and also to "purify the skin and blood."

The effectiveness of raspberry leaves for the foregoing indications has not been documented.

Risks

None known.

Evaluation

Since the efficacy has not been documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.