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This low-growing, evergreen ground cover is native to the Pacific Northwest and northern Europe. Its trailing stems are woody, and the root long and fibrous. This perennial has alternate, oval leaves, which are leathery and thin, shiny on top and paler beneath. The leaves are the part used in healing. The flowers are terminal and clustered, from pale pink to white and shaped like an urn. The fruit is small, globular, succulent, almost scarlet, with a mealy pulp and five angular seeds.
Uva ursi is a diuretic, astringent, antiseptic and a mild stimulant. This herb has also been used as an antilithic (preventing stones), carminative, emetic, lithontriptic (dissolving stones), nephritic, parturient (inducing labor), purgative and acts as a renal sedative. Uva ursi is also useful for those suffering from diabetes and prostate problems.
Traditional Uses: Uva Ursi has been used to treat all bladder and kidney infections, bedwetting, bronchitis, cystitis, diabetes, dysentery, female troubles, gallstones, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, kidney stones, obesity, pancreas, profuse menstruation, rheumatism, spleen, uterine ulceration, vaginal discharge and venereal disease.
Over a dozen American Indian tribes used this herb almost as a panacea. The leaves were preferred for medicinal purposes. Although the Roman physician Galen used uva ursi leaves to treat wounds and stop bleeding, this herb was largely ignored by Western herbalists. During the 13th century Marco Polo reported Chinese physicians using this herb as a diuretic and to treat kidney and urinary problems.
American colonists found that the Indians had independently discovered uva ursi and mixed its leaves with tobacco to create the smoking mixture they called kinnikinnik. Over the years uva ursi remained popular with the colonists as a tea and was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as a urinary antiseptic from 1820 to 1936. Chemists isolated the herb's active constituent, arbutin, in 1852.
Modern Uses: Uva ursi strengthens the urinary passages and is good for inflammation in any part of the urinary system. This herb is also useful for arthritis and inflammation throughout the body. In addition, this herb helps balance the pH of urine that is high in acid.
Uva ursi is also known to be a remedy for excessive sugar in the blood. This herb contains allatonin, which spurs the healing of wounds.
Since animal studies show uva ursi stimulates the uterus to contract, pregnant women should not take it. The herb has a large amount of tannins, which could cause stomach upset in large quantities, and should not be given to children under the age of two. Begin with smaller amounts of uva ursi at first and increase if necessary. You may notice that the herb often turns urine a dark green. Do not become alarmed, this is normal.
Uva ursi effectively cures urinary infections unresponsive to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Giving maximum antibacterial effects, uva ursi will peak from three to four hours after administration.
NOTE: Do not take with Cranberry & Buchu concentrate. Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily
Uva Ursi (100 capsules)