The Raspberry plant is useful for more than its delicious and healthy berries. It has been a popular folk medicine for centuries. The leaf alone has been used by herbalists for everything from canker sores, to cold sores, gingivitis, anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea(gross dude), morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. These are not medical claims, please understand that. While many people honestly believe that herbal medicine is "myth", in my opinion absolutely nothing could be further from the truth.
Raspberry leaf is rich in vitamins, minerals and tannins. What are "tannins"? Tannins, much like vitamins and minerals, are not visible to the naked eye. Tannins are microscopic constituents produced by the plants. They are, "an astringent, bitter plant polyphenolic compound that binds to and precipitates proteins and various other organic compounds including amino acids and alkaloids." There are many other scholarly references that will back up what I'm saying here. Check it out for yourselves folks.
It also contains an alkaloid known as fragine, which is another micro-scopic interest to phytochemist and other researchers. The alkaloid fragine, seems to have an ability to tone the muscles of the uterus and pelvic area, making it effective when giving birth. The leaf of red raspberry is also reported to decrease nausea, relieve constipation, improve blood circulation, increase milk production and prevent miscarriages as well as ease labor pain. Highly trained university students have made it possible for us to know this. How ya like me now?
Not just the berries, but the leaf alone is loaded with vitamins such as vitamins A,B,C,D, as well as phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and iron. A tea made from it has shown to possess potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties. I came up with my own herbal vitamin formuals based on academic journals and the important information that they provide. Raspberry leaf is something that I use in every single one of them, and just about any other herbal formula that I come up with as well. It's very similar to Yucca root in the sense that it too is loaded with common vitamins! My Native American friends use just about every leaf associated with any type of berry in their herbalism practices.
A Final & Personal Note
It's a personal goal of mine to encourage all of humanity to become more appreciative, educated, and respectful of mother nature. I want everyone to know that these wild plants, or "weeds", have lives and minds of their own. After conducting much research, and from scholarly sources, it becomes apparent that they are in fact the most intelligent and highly sophisticated chemist on the planet. After all, what other chemist do you know that can convert the suns energy and the bio-spheres c02 into highly sophisticated organic compounds?
On top of all of this, a large number of these compounds are identical, or nearly identical to ones that exist in the human brain. Not only that, but these naturally occurring chemicals fit ever-so precisely into receptors located in the human body. This is no coincidence and everything in reality shares a vital relationship. These realizations are innate when we examine the various branches of science. I think that biologically evolved chemistry is the best option for medicating other life forms which operate via biologically evolved systems. It just makes sense to me. After all, pills don't grow on trees.
Example #1: Opioid Receptors
Opioid receptors exist in our brains. Nature produces opioids, not man. There may be a large number of pharmaceutical opiates, yet they did not originate from human beings.
Example #2: Cannabinoid Receptors
Cannabinoid receptors exist in the human body. Nature produces a wild ethnobotanical species commonly known as Marijuana. Our brains are literally designed to pick up on, and utilize these cannabinoids. This, is no coincidence. Legalize It. I said it. What?
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