Arcostaphylos uva ursi (Bearberry)
Avoid with kidney disorders, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Excessive amounts may cause nausea.
Uva Ursi may be useful for uncomplicated urinary tract infections which have not progressed to the kidneys. Seek professional advice if you are unsure. If the infection does progress to kidneys antibiotics are required and recommended by us.
For short term use only due to tannin content which may interfere with nutrient absorption longer term, or may irritate preexisting gastrointestingal inflammation or ulceration. For this reason, take at least 2 hrs apart from alkaloid-containing medication, oral thiamine and metal ion supplements.
Not for children under 12 yrs.
Arcostaphylos uva ursi
Common name: Uva Ursi, Mountain Cranberry, Green Manzanita
Part used: Leaves
Habitat: Small evergreen shrub native to Europe and across the Northern hemisphere. Often found in open woods, moors and heath land, scrub and rocky slopes.
Constituents: Arbutin and methylarbutin, flavonoids and their glycosides, phenolic acids, terpenoids, polyphenols, iridoid glycosides.
Actions: Astringent, anti-inflammatory, haemostatis, urinary antiseptic
Traditional and current uses:
• Urinary tract infections and inflammation: cystitis, urethritis, recurrent cystitis, painful urination.
• To prevent urinary tract infections associated with other bladder problems such as kidney and bladder stones.
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