En Español (Spanish Version) Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Principal Proposed Uses
Bladder Infection (Treatment, Not Prevention)
The uva ursi plant is a low-lying evergreen bush whose berries are a favorite of bears, hence the name "bearberry." However, it is the leaves that are used medicinally.
Uva ursi has a long history of use for treating urinary conditions in both America and Europe. Up until the development of sulfa antibiotics, its principal active component, arbutin, was frequently prescribed as a urinary antiseptic.
Uva ursa is widely marketed today for the treatment of bladder infections. However, it has not been proven effective for this condition, and there are significant safety concerns with its use.5
Last reviewedSeptember 2014by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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