Uva Ursi (Bearberry)

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Part Used

Leaf

Systems

Urinary

Actions

Anti-inflammatory; antimicrobial; astringent; demulcent; diuretic

Traditional Uses

Used primarily in the treatment of cystitis, ulcerations of the kidney and bladder, and to soothe and tonify the urinary organs. Removes excess water from the body and has specific antiseptic and astringent effects upon the membranes of the urinary system. Used where there is gravel or ulceration in either the kidney or the bladder, and in the treatment of infections, or as part of a holistic approach to chronic kidney problems. Used in some forms of bed-wetting; as a douche, may be helpful in vaginal ulceration and infections. ^2.