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Can Raspberry leaf assist childbirth?

Raspberry leaf has traditionally been used by women and midwives since ancient times as a 'partus preparator' to prepare the uterus for labour and childbirth, and is still very popular with women worldwide today when taken during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Raspberry leaf has many uses, although traditionally and most favourably, the leaf is well known as both a women’s and uterine tonic. The active components of Raspberry leaf responsible for its therapeutic activity were discovered in 1941 and are collectively known as ‘fragarine’. Research has found that fragarine contains several varied therapeutic activities, including the ability to tone the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus.

Benefits of Raspberry leaf include:

  • When taken during the third trimester of pregnancy, Raspberry leaf has traditionally been used to prepare the uterus for labour.
  • Raspberry leaf and its fragarine component has demonstrated a variable or regulatory effect on uterine muscle tone due to its muscle stimulant and antispasmodic activity, helping to maintain both the regularity and frequency of uterine contractions.

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