Health Guide

Rasberry leaf

What is it?

Raspberry is an herbal medicine used for treatment of eye, mouth, or throat soreness and redness. It is also used to treat diarrhea or to make childbirth easier. Other uses include treatment for kidney problems or gallstones.

Other names for Raspberry include: Rubus, Bramble, Hindberry, Framboise, Raspbis, and Red Raspberry.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Raspberry Leaf you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Raspberry Leaf. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Raspberry Leaf, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Using some herbal teas in large amounts for a long time may lead to some kinds of cancer. It is not known if Raspberry tea can lead to cancer (6).

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • A slight increase or decrease in blood pressure (7)


1. Anon: British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. British Herbal Medicine Association, Keighley, UK; 1983.

2. Wren RC: Potter's New Cyclopedia of botanical drugs and preparations. Saffron Walden, Daniel; 1988.

3. Brinker F: Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, 2nd ed. Eclectic Institute, Sandy, OR; 1998.

4. Fetrow CW & Avila JR: Professional's Handbook of Complemenary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse, PA; 1999: 540-542.

5. Newall CA, Anderson LA & Phillipson JD: Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. The Pharmaceutical Press, London, England; 1996.

6. Briggs CJ & Briggs K: Raspberry. Can Pharm J 1997; 130(3):41-43.

7. Parsons M, Simpson M & Ponton T: Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: Safety and efficacy. J Aust Coll Midwives 1999; 12(3):20-25.

8. McFarlin BL, Gibson MH, O'Rear J et al: A national survey of herbal preparation use by nurse-midwives for labor stimulation. J Nurse Midwifery 1999; 44(3):205-216.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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