Uva Ursi Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Uva Ursi
How to Use: Uva Ursi
Uva ursi contains a considerable amount of tannins (up to 40 percent) making it one of natures most powerful astringents. Unlike most herbs which can have a wide range of uses, uva-ursi is a specialist in infections and inflammations of the urniary tract. Uva uris ontains as assortment of chemical compounds,especially arbutin, that are active against many of the pathogens commonly found in urinary tract infections. 1
Preparation Methods & Dosage :
Uva ursi's tough leather leaves need to be boiled vigoursly for 15 minutes or soaked overnight in cold water. Uva ursi can also be taken as a tincture, or in capsules. Frequently combined with other herbs to fight urinary infections such as buchu, cleavers, dandelion leaf, parsley,or juniper berries. Uva ursi is more effective when the urine is alkaline 1
Uva Ursi Remedies
See Also :Cranberry *
Uva Ursi Side Effects: The high tannin content of uva ursi can contribute to nausea and vomiting if you are sensitive. Do not use if your urine is already acidic. Uva usi is a strong herb that should be reserved for those times when a quick intervention is needed. It should not be taken for extended periods. Medication containing arbutin should not be taken for longer than a week or more than five times a year without consulting a physician. Not for use for those who have kidney disease, or children. 2
Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887
Regional Traditions :North America *
Manzanita, Artostaphylos columbiana and A. glauca is in the same genus as bearberry and has almost identical medicinal properties. Manzanita grows abundantly in California and was used by the native peoples. Manzanita's sweet red berries can be powdered and mixed with water for a pleasant drink high in Vitamin C. Herbalists sometimes substitute manzanita for bearberry leaves, as well as another related species, trailing arbutus. Epigaea repens also contains arbutin and can be substituted for bearberry. 2
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History and Traditions & FolkloreUva ursi was the official recommendation for a urinary tract infection in the U.S. Pharmacopeia until 1936. 1 Bearberry leaves were mixed with tobacco were known as kinnikinnick (an American Indian word meaning "smoking mixture"). Native Americans to treat urinary problems especially cystis.( Hutchens,18)