Scientific name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Other common Names: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi,
Arberry, Bearberry, Rockberry, Bear Grape, Coralillo, Mealberry,
Hogberry, Mountain Cranberry, Sandberry, Kinnikinnick,
Uva ursi is a sprawling evergreen shrub that grows in alpine
wooded area in various regions, including Europe, Siberia,
North America, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Himalayas. Uva
ursi flourishes in humus-rich earth. This plant is a dwarfed
plant, evergreen perennial with creeping, short, red-brown
branches. White or Pink flowers blossom in the season. Some
people said that bears are very fond of the gleaming, bright
pink or red berries that are edible but some bitter tasting.
Habitat: Uva Ursi, named plant flourishes merely a few inches tall and have a preference poor soils in sun and can continue to exist temperatures of -50.
Part Used: The leaves are used in medicinal preparations,
but not the berries.
Uva ursi is also recognized as bearberry. It has a history
of therapeutic use since 2nd century. Resident Americans has
worn it as a medicine for urinary area infections; in actual
fact, in anticipation of the detection of antibiotics and
sulfa drugs, uva ursi was the cure of preference for such
bladder and associated diseases. Uva Uri's antimicrobial properties
have proved to be fight with infection and diuretic effects.
No studies on people have been done yet, however.
Uva ursi is commonly used to cure kidney stones, urinary
tract infections, and cystitis (bladder inflammation). Uva
ursi has a main active compound named arbutin, hydroquinone
This compound is absorbed in the stomach and altered into a matter with astringent, antimicrobial, and disinfectant properties.
As uva ursi works, it passes out of the body during urination, it works on the mucus membranes of the urinary zone to appease irritation, fight infection and reduce inflammation.
Uva ursi is obtainable as crushed leaf or powder preparations on commercial level.
How to Take It
Uva ursi is not suggested for children less than 12 years.
Suggested doses are:
• Dry extract: 100-210 ml.gms hydroquinone derived 1-4 times
• Dried herb (accessible in capsules): 1.5 to 2.5 grams, 3-4
times per day
• Liquid extract (1:1, 25% alcohol): 1.5 to 2.5 mL, 3-4 times
• Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 heaping teaspoon of
dried herb. Sheer for 15 minutes. Gulp down to four times for each
• Tincture (1:5): 2 to 4 ml, 3-4 times for each day.