November 26, 2010

Uva-ursi teaUva Ursi (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) known also as bearberry, crowberry or whortleberry is a little wiry shrub with bright green leaves and bright red berries. Traditionally, uva-ursi leaves were used by indigenous population of North America to treat various types of urinary tract diseases, like acute cystitis, urethritis, nephritis and so on. Certainly, those are the most common uses of uva-ursi in our times as well. Stems and berries of this valuable medicinal plant are also used as ingredients of various herbal remedies and natural solutions to treat a multitude of health conditions.

Health benefits of uva-ursi include excellent astringent, diuretic, tonic, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Chamical content of this plant includes a number of phytoelements like flavonoids, tannins, acids, volatile oils and vitamins. The most effective ways of using uva-ursi for various inflammations and urinary tract problems is preparing a simple infusion, or uva-ursi tea. Also, it is possible to benefit from a high concentration of tannins in this medicinal plant by using a tincture or a decoction, which can be recommended to those who suffer from kidney and bladder infections.

Health Benefits Of Uva UrsiUva-ursi tea is used to treat such diseases as irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea, reduce their severity and frequency. Diuretic properties of this herbal remedyt can be used to lower water retention, cleanse the body and get rid of toxins. Uva-ursi extracts and uva-ursi tea can provide fast and effective relief for kidney and bladder infections. Experts say that it is one of the best natural remedies which can assist in dissolving kidney stones. Tonic properties of this plant can be used to stimulate the function of pancreas and liver.

Bearberry leaves infusion can be very effectively used as a natural anti-inflammatory agent to treat such diseases as arthritis, backaches, yeast and vaginal infections, digestive tract infections and so on. Being an excellent astringent, this infusion can be used externally to treat most of the skin problems, including cuts, burns, herpes, sores, etc. Uva-ursi tea has antibiotic and antiseptic powers so it can be used for treating colds and oral infections. Health benefits of uva-ursi also include relaxant properties which can be used to relieve menstrual cramps and minor disorders of the digestive system.

Uva-ursi tea is reported to be an effective remedy to lower blood pressure, and in addition, it can be recommended to those who need to combat such a problem as bed-wetting. However, it is necessary to be very cautions about giving uva-ursi tea or products to children as the effects of this herbal remedy are sometime harsh. It is strongly advised to people with serious kidney problems, to pregnant and breastfeeding women to keep away from using uva-ursi. Remember that it is very important to consult your therapist or a health care specialist before taking any products or starting any sort of treatment involving uva-ursi.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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