Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Parts used: Dried leaves.
Constituents: Hydroquinone, Tannins, Flavonoids, quercitin, Iridoids, Glucoside, gallic acid, ellagic acid. (Glucosides are hydrolysed in the body to from hydroquinone).
Actions: Urinary antiseptic, Diuretic, Demulcent, Astringent, Anti-inflammatory, Bacteriostatic.
Indications:
Diarrhoea, haemorrhage, cystitis, dysuria, urethritis, prostatitis, lithuria, nephritis, urolithiasis, hematuria, used to prevent post-partum infections, growth of H. pylori, as demulcent +Marshmallow.
Strengthens and tones urinary passages, normalises blood pressure by regulating fluid balance, regulates blood sugar.
BHP specific, for acute catarrhal cystitis with dysuria and acid urine.
Effective against E Coli and Staph. species.
Use a Spasmolytic for relieving the acute pain (Celery, Wild yam).
Note: for cystitis use URAPLEX from Metagenics.
Herbal extract: 30-60mL per week, acute 80-150mL for 2 weeks.
Energetics: Cold, astringent, dry. Dosha: V+PK-.
Meridians: bladder, kidney, colon, liver.
Caution: The high tannin content of this herb can lead to gastric irritation and large doses can cause nausea and vomiting. Do not use in pregnancy and kidney disease.
Use short term - max 7 days and do not take vitamin C in high doses.