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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

  • Antibacterial
  • Astringent
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Diuretic
  • How to Use Bearberry

    Bearberry is available as dry leaves or an extract. The extract usually comes in the form of a dropper bottle.

  • For the leaves, boil about 2 oz (60 grams) in one liter of water. One cup of this tea should be strained and consumed 3 to 4 times daily for urinary tract infections.
  • The extract should be mixed at a ratio of about 10 to 20 drops per half cup of water.
  • Side Effects of Bearberry

    Side effects may occur, especially if large amounts are consumed. They include:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Contraindications of Bearberry

    Pregnant women, children under 12 and individuals with a sensitive stomach should not consume bearberry leaves or extract.

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