This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
MEDICINAL PARTS. The bark of the root, and leaves.
Description. -- This is a shrubby, strongly hispid plant, about four feet high. Leaves, pinnate; leaflets, oblong-ovate. Flowers, white; corolla, cup-shaped; and fruit, a red berry, of a rich delicious flavor.
History. -- The Red Raspberry grows wild, and is common to Canada and the Northern and Middle United States. It grows in hedges and thickets, and rupon neglected fields. It flowers in May, and its fruit ripens, from June to August. The leaves and bark of the root are the parts used medicinally. They impart their properties to water, giving to the infusion an odor and flavor somewhat similar to black tea.
Properties and Uses. -- It is very useful as an astringent. An infusion or decoction of the leaves has been found an excellent remedy in diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera infantum, and all diseases of a kindred nature. It is somewhat freely used as a wash and injection for leucorrhoea, gleet, gonorrhoea, and prolapsus uteri and ani. The decoction of the leaves combined with cream will suppress nausea and vomiting. It is sometimes used as an aid in labor, and has been efficacious in promoting uterine contractions when ergot has failed. This plant is one of the ingredients of my prepared remedy for the above diseases.
Dose. -- Of the decoction, from one to four fluid ounces, several times a day. Of the pulverized root bark, which is sometimes used, from twenty to thirty grains.
The Rubus Trivialis, or Dewberry, and Rubus Villosus, or Blackberry, contain similar medical qualities, and may be used instead.