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      Benefits of Uva Ursi - Bearberry leaf

      Bearberry leaf information

      Bearberry leaf is used by herbal practitioners as a urinary antiseptic and diuretic

      Bearberry can be used for:

      Lower urinary tract infections, esp. cystitis

      Urinary stones or gravel

      Bladder and kidney infections

      Blood in the urine

      Contraindications & interactions

      Avoid in pregnancy and lactation as excessive use may cause nausea, vomiting and tinnitus due to the high levels of tannins

      Bearberry works best when your urine is alkaline therefore it is best not to use alongside  treatments or diets (such as the high meat content diets) which make  urine acidic

      The high tannin levels may interfere with the absorption of various nutrients

      Active compounds

      Bearberry contains arbutin, which is a phenolic glycoside compound that is converted to hydroquinone in alkaline urine and is responsible for the antiseptic properties.  It has been shown to be effective against E. coli a common cause of UTIís; tannins, which give Bearberry its astringent properties; flavonoids and resin

      What herbal practitioners say about Bearberry

      Bearberry is a cooling, bitter, astringent diuretic and urinary antiseptic, useful in the treatment of bladder and kidney infections.  When combined with Marshmallow root it can be used to dissolve urinary stones.  It gently soothes, tones and strengthens the urinary tract membranes, clears blood from the urine and increases circulation in the kidneys.  It can be used in the treatment of some forms of bedwetting due to its astringency. 

      Tincture dose

      Adult dose 1.5 Ė 3mls three times a day of a 1:3 tincture.

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Uva ursi or bearberry can help with cystitis


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