Simple Herbal Extracts | Uva-Ursi



Botanical Name

Arctostaphylos  uva-ursi

Part Used



Pregnancy; kidney disorders, irritated digestive conditions, and with acidic urine or in conjunction with remedies which produce acidic urine; not for prolonged use without consulting a practitioner *

Traditional Information*

Also known as Bearberry, this herb has a long history of use for urinary tract infections. A source of the phytochemical arbutin, it is metabolized by the kidneys and excreted as antibacterial hydroquinones. Hydroquinones are an active antimicrobial especially in alkaline urine (do not use with Cranberry juice). It is useful for cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, and mild nephritis. Uva-Ursi is contra-indicated for pregnant women.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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