The Bearberry, or Uva Ursi, is a small shrub with a single long, fibrous main root that sends out many short, woody, trailing stems. They are covered in brown or reddish bark and form thick masses. Long shoots covered with soft hairs rise upward from the stems. The leaves of Uva Ursi are evergreen and leathery, about an inch long. The upper surface is glossy, dark green with deep veins, and a lighter green underneath. Uva ursi is used to treat urinary tract infections, cystitis (bladder inflammation), and kidney stones. The hydroquinone derivative, arbutin, is the chief active compound in uva ursi. It is absorbed in the stomach and converted into a substance with antimicrobial, astringent, and disinfectant properties. During urination, as it passes out of the body, it acts on the mucus membranes of the urinary tract to soothe irritation, reduce inflammation, and fight infection.
Here are some of the uses:
-Uva ursi has muscle relaxant properties making it beneficial for those who suffer from digestive problems and menstrual cramps.
-The uva ursi herb when used as a tonic can boost the function of ailing liver and kidneys. It is also good for the pancreas.
-Its anti-inflammatory properties and the benefits for the muscles mean it can be beneficial for those who suffer with arthritis.
-The herb has antibacterial properties which can help to fight infections of the digestive tract and may be beneficial for yeast infections.
-The diuretic properties of uva ursi leaf help to rid the body of toxins, which is beneficial for those who suffer from frequent headaches.
-Uva ursi has antiseptic and antibiotic properties. It can be used on the skin as a wash to help heal cuts and scrapes. It can also help with other ailments such as herpes and vaginal infections.
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