Fluid retention, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Gout, Pain and swelling (inflammation), Cancer, Heart disease.
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Blackberry is a perennial shrub. It has sprawling, woody, and thorny stems. They can reach the height of about 5 meters. It has dark green hairy leaves, toothed along the margins. Leaves grow in clusters of three to five. Flowers are white to pale pink, appearing from late summer until autumn. Fruits are the well-known fleshy black berries
Blackberry is a plant. In its first year, a new stem, the primocane, grows vigorously to its full length of 3-6 m (in some cases, up to 9 m), arching or trailing along the ground and bearing large palmately compound leaves with five or seven leaflets; it does not produce any flowers. In its second year, the cane becomes a floricane and the stem does not grow longer, but the lateral buds break to produce flowering laterals (which have smaller leaves with three or five leaflets).
First and second year shoots usually have numerous short-curved very sharp prickles that are often erroneously called thorns. These prickles can tear through denim with ease and make the plant very difficult to navigate around. Unmanaged mature plants form a tangle of dense arching stems, the branches rooting from the node tip on many species when they reach the ground.
Vigorous and growing rapidly in woods, scrub, hillsides, and hedgerows, blackberry shrubs tolerate poor soils, readily colonizing wasteland, ditches, and vacant lots.The flowers are produced in late spring and early summer on short racemes on the tips of the flowering laterals. Each flower is about 2-3 cm in diameter with five white or pale pink petals. The newly developed primocane fruiting blackberries flower and fruit on the new growth
The leaf, root, and fruit (berry) are used to make medicine.
Blackberry is used for diarrhea, fluid retention, diabetes, gout, pain and swelling (inflammation), throat irritation, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work?
Blackberry contains chemicals that might have antioxidant effects. It also contains chemicals that might protect against cancer.
Possible side effects include:
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if blackberry is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
- There isn't enough reliable information to know if blackberry is safe in the larger amounts used as medicine or what the side effects might be.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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