Bearberry – also known as uva ursi, bear’s grape, bear’s bilberry, bear’s whortleberry, foxberry, burren myrtle, creashak, wild cranberry, and a few other names – is maybe the most well-known and historically used plants to treat bladder and urinary tract infections.
Its history of medicinal use dates back to at least the 2nd century. It has a long history of being used as diuretic, astringent, and antiseptic. Native Americans used bearberry as a headache cure, to relieve cystitis, and for strengthening the kidneys.
If you have a urinary tract problem to treat, it is recommended to drink Uva Ursi tea a few times a day for five days and stop. Even though bearberry is highly beneficial, using it for more than five days consecutively can lead to liver problems because it contains hydroquinone, which is a powerful compound that kills bacteria, however, overuse can be dangerous.
Tea or tinctures aren’t recommended for children, or pregnant and breastfeeding women. People with hypertension or people who suffer from digestive issues, Crohn’s disease, kidney or liver disease, or ulcers should avoid bearberry products.