Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using raspberry fruit or tea. These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Iron salts: Raspberry may decrease the absorption of iron salts.
Warning 2 - Antidiabetics: This herb my increase hypoglycemia, monitor blood glucose levels.
Warning 3 - Antiarrhythmics: Raspberry may increases the renal tubular resorption of the antiarrhythmic drug, quinidine, leading to higher quinidine serum levels. If you use antiarrhythmics, discuss this with your doctor before comsuming raspberries or drinking raspberry tea.
Used as a natural health remedy: St. John's Wort is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
The FDA has not approved raspberry tea as a medicine and you should talk to your doctor before using it for medicinal purposes.
- Aid fertility
- Aid in checking hemorrhage
- Andropause or male menopause
- Appetite suppressant (dieting, weight loss)
- Balance postpartum hormones
- Decrease uterine swelling
- Douche for leukorrhea
- Dressing for wounds
- Eyewash for mucus discharge
- Gastric disorders
- Hair rinse for dark hair
- Help to regulate the flow of menstruation
- Increase fertility
- Increase supply of breast milk (enrich the colostrum)
- Minimize labor (helps to make the birth easier)
- Minimize postpartum hemorrhaging
- Mouthwash for canker sores
- PMS decrease
- Prostate problems
- Reduce bleeding after child birth
- Reduce fever
- Reduce heavy periods
- Reduce leg cramps and swelling associated with late pregnancy
- Reduce menstrual cramps
- Reduce postpartum depression
- Regulate irregular menstrual cycle
- Remedy for morning sickness
- Reproductive tonic for men
- Shorten the second stage of labor (the pushing stage from complete dilation until the baby is born)
- Sore throat
- Stomach problems
- Strengthen membranes protecting the baby during pregnancy
- Teething relief
- Uterus toner
- VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean because of its ability to tone uterine muscles)
Side Effects of Raspberry
Drinking raspberry tea in its whole state is supposed to be "self-regulating", which means the active ingredients balance each other out. Herbal experts and midwives recommend drinking between 1 cup daily all the way up to a gallon daily during pregnancy with no side effects. When side effects do occur they are usually mild and include:
Other side effects may also occur when using raspberry. (See form below)
- Loose stools
As with any herb an allergic reactions may occur with the use of raspberry. If you find yourself with symptoms of a closing of your throat, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hives, or breathing problem, you may be having a serious allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention.
The raspberry fruit is also known as bramble, framboise, hindberry, raspbis, red raspberry, rubus, and rubus strigosus.
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
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