What is Bearberry?
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi L.) is a shrub that grows in arctic and subarctic climates. It is named bearberry because the fruit of the plant is a popular food among bears. It is the leaves of the plant, however, that have medicinal uses for humans.
The leaves are used for treating the urinary system and are especially effective for urinary tract infections. Other uses have included cystitis, kidney stones, sore throat, vaginitis, vaginal discharge, inflammation of the prostate, inflammation of the urethra, diarrhea, and dysentery.
Properties of Bearberry
How to Use Bearberry
Bearberry is available as dry leaves or an extract. The extract usually comes in the form of a dropper bottle.
Side Effects of Bearberry
Side effects may occur, especially if large amounts are consumed. They include:
Contraindications of Bearberry
Pregnant women, children under 12 and individuals with a sensitive stomach should not
bearberry leaves or extract.