Tātarāmoa (rubus cissoides) is in the same family as the blackberry and the raspberry sharing many common traits. Tātarāmoa has been used historically as a treatment for vomiting, stomach ache, abdominal pains, diarrhoea and dysentery.
It has an affinity with the female hormonal system being useful for dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), to bring on the menses and help dispel the whenua (placenta). Traditionally used in a warm bath during the process of labour.
Used to calm an agitated nervous system. It can bring calm and relaxation to someone coming off drugs or alcohol. As part of a self-care regime making a nightly brew taken just before bed will often bring much-needed sleep, and for those who suffer from anticipation anxiety preventing sleep.
For more information consult your local rongoā practitioner.