Strawberry leaf (Fragariae folium)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Erdbeerblätter

Name of Drug

Fragariae folium, strawberry leaf.

Composition of Drug

Strawberry leaf consists of the dried leaf of Fragaria species, mainly F. vesca L. s.l. and F. viridis Duchesne [Fam. Rosaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Preparations of strawberry leaf are used externally as compresses for rashes, and internally for catarrhs of the gastrointestinal tract, diarrhea, intestinal sluggishness, liver disease, jaundice, catarrhs of the respiratory tract, gout, arthritis, nervous tension, kidney ailments involving gravel and stones, as a diuretic, supportive for heart and circulatory ailments, for fever, for night perspiration, as well as for blood purification, for stimulation of the metabolism, for anemia, as a tonic, as an inhibitor of menstruation, and a support for "natural weight loss."

Activity in the indications listed has not been adequately demonstrated.

Risks

Strawberry leaf can cause allergic reactions in persons with a sensitivity to strawberries.

Evaluation

Since the effectiveness for the claimed applications has not been sufficiently documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended. The use of the herb as a filler in tea mixtures is acceptable. In fact, the use of strawberry leaf for teas or tea-like products is to be considered a food additive.