Uva Ursi also called as bear berry because bears like eating the fruit, has been used medicinally since 2nd century by Native Americans. It is a trailing evergreen shrub and has reddish brown branches and pink bell shaped flowers, mainly grown in North America, Europe.
Historically Uva Ursi has been used to treat arthritis, back pain, bladder infections, diabetes and indigestion.
Uva Ursi has been used to treat headaches, long congestion and coughs.
The leaves of Uva Ursi are used as a diuretic, astringent and antiseptic.
When mixed with tobacco, it was referred to as Kinnikinnick Some Native American tribes powdered the leaves and applied them to sores. Other tribes drank it to treat venereal diseases
The berries were also made into a tea that was used to ward off obesity
Uva Ursi has been one of the most successful treatments of urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and a host of other illnesses. Uva Ursi is a powerful tonic for the body, and its antiseptic properties are excellent for the skin as well.
Uva Ursi is one of the many ingredients that are becoming more prominent in skin care products today.
One of the little known secrets to Uva Ursi is the hypo pigmenting component. This component has a whitening effect on the skin, making Uva Ursi perfect for those who want to treat freckles, age spots, or vitiligo.
Uva Ursi strengthens the urinary passages and is good for inflammation of every part of the urinary system. It also increases the flow of urine and cleanses the spleen. This herb also helps urine that is high in acid maintain a healthy pH balance.
Do not give to children
Dried Herb, 2-4 gms per day for adults.
Tea, soak 3 gms of dried leaves for 12 hours, strain and drink 2-3 times a day.
Do not use Uva Ursi for more than 2 weeks, period. And please do not use this herb at all if you have kidney disease.
The high tannin content of Uva Ursi can contribute to nausea, stomachache, and perhaps even vomiting if you're especially sensitive. If your urine is already acidic, don't take Uva Ursi.
Do not use for more than 2 weeks without the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Do not use if you have kidney disease.
Pregnant women should not use this herb.