Traditionally used as a diuretic and urinary antiseptic.
Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), also known as bearberry because bears like eating the fruit, has been used medicinally since the 2nd century. Native Americans used it as a remedy for urinary tract infections. In fact, until the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, uva ursi was a common treatment for such bladder and related infections.
Through modern day scientific research, it was discovered that uva ursi's ability to fight infection are due to several chemicals, including arbutin and hydroquinone. The herb also contains tannins that have astringent effects, helping to shrink and tighten mucous membranes in the body. That, in turn, helps reduce inflammation and fight infection.
Today, uva ursi is sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis (bladder inflammation).
Take 3 capsules twice a day with food and a full 8 ounce glass of water. Not recommended for long-term use.
Each capsule contains:
Uva Ursi leaf (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) ....480mg
Contra-Indications: Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not exceed recommended dose. Do not use if you have a kidney disorder.