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— Rubus idaeus. Family Rosaceae. Raspberry is a popular remedy for uterine stimulation in childbirth. It provides sufficient contraction and prevents bleeding. Due to its astringent properties, the herb is applied in any conditions where this property is called for, for instance, diarrhea

Red Alder

— Alnus rubra. Red alder bark is used fresh to induce vomiting. In dried form it is applied to relieve diarrhea and bleeding. For hemorrhage it can be applied both as a topical and internal remedy. Additionally it can be used to treat skin conditions, like scabs and scabies.

Red Clover

— Trifolium pratense. Family Papilionaceae. Red Clover is primarily applied for skin conditions in children, including eczema and psoriasis. It can also be used to treat these diseases by grown-ups. The herb is also efficient in treating respiratory conditions like severe coughs and bronchitis. Red Clover is capable of relieving spasms.

Red Coral

— Corallium rubrum. Red Coral is an effective remedy for diarrhea, urinary conditions, wasting, and debility. It can be used fro respiratory conditions like coughs, pulmonary tuberculosis, and recurrent bronchitis. Additionally, it is applied for scrofula, carbuncles, and other skin conditions.

Red Hogweed

— Boerhavia diffusa, Boerhavia procumbens, Boerhavia repens. Family Nyctaginaceae. Red Hogweed has a wide range of applications. It is primarily used to treat digestive system conditions, like constipation, bowel colic, and hemorrhoids. Red Hogweed is also applied for nervous system conditions, like insomnia. Due to its expectorative capacity the plant is used for treating chest pains, cough, and asthma.

Red Raspberry

— Rubus wallichii. Red Raspberry is applied as an aid in childbirth. It is used to treat diarrhea, and is effective in the majority of conditions, associated with fevers. Additionally, the herb can increase metabolic rates.

Red root

— Ceanothus americanus. Red root is particularly beneficial for the respiratory tract conditions, like asthma and bronchitis. It is also considered effective for enlarged spleen and tonsils, as well as some other throat and mouth inflammations and ulcers. Externally it is applied for skin conditions, like skin cancer.

Red Sage

— Salvia officinalis. Family Labiateae. Red Sage is popularly applied to reduce mouth and throat inflammations, relaxing the mucous membranes. It can also be used for some digestive conditions, like diarrhea, stomach cramps, and flatulent dyspepsia. Used as a mouthwash it may soothe bleeding gums.

Rehmannia root

— Rehmanniae glutinosae. Family Scrophulariaceae. The herb is applied in case of fevers, linked with liquid deficiency in the organism. It is also applied in heart conditions, associated with sleeplessness and irritability. Additionally, it is known to treat fungal and bacterial infections.


— Ganoderma lucidum. Reishi is believed to increase one’s lifespan, and is considered to be a spirit-nourishing remedy in Chinese medicine. It is also potent of decreasing blood coagulation, in addition to lowering body cholesterol levels, and thus may prevent and treat atherosclerosis.


— Rheum palmatum, Rheum emodi, Rheum australe, Rheum officinale, Rheum moorcroftianum, Rheum acuminatum, Rheum webbianum, Rheum speciforme. Family Polygonaceae. Rhubarb is widely used in Indian and Chinese herbal medicine. It is known to produce a mild effect on the digestive system, being a relief from constipation, and diarrhea. Also applied for dysentery accompanied with bloody feces. Due to its mild effect the remedy is used for children and aged people.

Rose-colored lead-wort

— Plumbago Rosea, Plumbago indica. Family Plumbaginaceae. Plumbago is effectively used to eliminate digestive disorders, like flatulence, lack of appetite, and dyspepsia. It may also be used to induce vomiting, if taken in large doses. Being a highly active remedy, the herb is applied to treat coughs by inducing expectoration.


— Rosmarinus officinalis. Rosemary is applied for a wide range of conditions. It is primarily used for nervous conditions, and especially nervous tension, and body disorders associated with it. It may be applied externally to relieve muscle spasms. Additionally, the herb is used for digestive conditions, like dyspepsia.

Rough Chaff Tree

— Achyranthes aspera. Family Amarantaceae. The herb is used to treat coughs of different origin, as well as several respiratory diseases, like asthma. Applied as a diuretic and has ability to restore and improve the body’s functionality. Also used as a purgative remedy.


— Ruta graveolens. Family Rutaceae. Rue is primarily used to relieve pains due to rheumatic conditions. It is a popular remedy for aching joints, sciatica, and gout. The herb may also be used to regulate the menstrual cycle. May cause miscarriage in pregnant women.