bearberry

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.

  1. March 31, 2019

    I often get confuses, is bearberry different than cranberry? I know that cranberries are good for urinary tract infections, but I didn’t hear that much of bearberries?

  2. April 9, 2019

    Helpful stuff so far! The herb also contains tannins that have astringent effects, helping to shrink and tighten mucous membranes in the body. In turn, that helps reduce inflammation and fight infection. Today, uva ursi is sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis. Thank you so much!

  3. April 14, 2019

    Uva ursi also known as bearberry, has been used medicinally since the 2nd century. Native Americans used it as a remedy for urinary tract infections. In fact, until the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, uva ursi was a common treatment for bladder-related infections.The herb also contains tannins that have astringent effects, helping to shrink and tighten mucous membranes in the body. In turn, that helps reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Write a comment:

Cancel reply

*

Your email address will not be published.

The National Drug and Poison Information Center 1-800-222-1222

Copyright @ 2012-2019 All Rights Reserved. My Pharmacy Visit does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Skip to toolbar