Arctostaphylos -Uva Ursi

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This Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Uva ursi - Arctostaphylos uva ursi in the Ericaceae or Heath family

Part used: Leaves.

Taste/smell: Astringent, slightly sweet.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:3.5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Uva ursi is indicated for atonic, chronic conditions and infectious conditions of the urinary tract.

Use: (a) Urinary tract antiseptic, (b) Diuretic, (c) Increases renal circulation, (d) Stimulates tubular function.

Research claims uva ursi works best in an alkaline pH for treatment of urinary tract infections. The leaves contain arbutin, an antiseptic that is hydrolyzed in gastric fluid to hydroquinone. In alkaline urine, hydroquinone is an effective antimicrobial agent and uva ursi itself tends to alkalinize the urine. Arbutin also contributes to the antiseptic activity in the urinary tract. Consumption of this herb may cause a green tinge in the urine.

Contraindications: It should not be used in pregnancy because of the oxytocic properties. Ingestion of this herb in individuals with sensitive stomachs may cause nausea and vomiting. Toxic doses can cause nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, difficult breathing, and really excessive doses can cause convulsions and loss of consciousness. I suggest that people with kidney inflammation or failure do not use this herb. A physician with kidney failure reported to me that the use of this herb raised BUN and creatinine levels both times he consumed it. This is not an herb that should be used long term.

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