Blackberry As Alternative Medicine
Blackberry is an alternative medicine used by man since the times of ancient Greeks. It is also called goutberry and the Greeks used it to treat gout. During the Middle ages, its leaves were used to treat scalds and burns.
- It is used as a treatment for diabetes.
- It is effective in treating diarrhea and dysentery.
- Its leaves are a treatment for bleeding gums.
- It is a remedy for urinary and kidney stones.
- It is a preventative for heart disease.
Both the root and leaves are used for medicinal purposes. For bleeding gums the leaves are chewed. To treat skin disorders such as insect bites and wounds a poultice made from the leaves is applied to the affected area. For diarrhea and sore throat a tea from the leaves is recommended. The tea can be taken up to 3 times a day. To treat dysentery the normal remedy is blackberry syrup. Syrup can be made by blending a cup of water, 2 tbsp lemon juice, half cup of honey and 8 cups of the berries. Blackberry is another ancient alternative medicine that is still being used today.