Bearberry - Herbal Encyclopedia
Search herbs
health diet weight loss nutrition

Links to Content

Vitamins
Minerals
Supplements

Weight Loss
Fitness
Nutrition
Skin Care

Allergies
Blog
Buy Wholesale

Product Resources
Minerals
Mineral Calcium
Mineral Chromium
Mineral Iron
Mineral Magnesium
Mineral Phosphorus
Mineral Potassium
Mineral Selenium
Mineral Zinc
Supplements
Bee Pollen
Beta Carotene
Coenzyme Q 10
DHEA
Pycnogenol
Vitamins
Vitamin A
Vitamin B-1
Vitamin B-12
Vitamin B-2
Vitamin B-3
Vitamin B-5
Vitamin B-6
Vitamin C
Vitamin Choline
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin Folic Acid
Vitamin K

A Brief History

Saftey
Gathering
Storing
Traditional Uses

Therapeutic Reference
List of Herbs
Acacia
Agrimony
Alfalfa
Allspice
Aloe Vera
Amaranth
Angelica
Anise
Apple
Arnica
Astragalus
Barberry
Barley Grass
Basil
Bay Laurel
Bayberry
Bearberry
Beech
Bergamot
Bilberry
Bistort
Black Cohosh
Black Haw
Blackberry
Blessed Thistle
Bloodroot
Blue Cohosh
Boneset
Borage
Broom
Buckthorn
Burdock
Calendula
Caraway
Cascara Sagrada
Catnip
Cat's Claw
Cayenne
Cedar
Chamomile
Chaparral
Chickweed
Cinnamon
Clover
Cloves
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Conflower
Cramp Bark
Cranberry
Damiana
Dandelion
Devil's Claw
Dill
Dong Quai
Dragon's Blood
Echinacea
Elder
Elderberry
Elecampane
Eleuthero
Ephedra
Eucalyptus
Evening Primrose
Eyebright
False Unicorn
Fennel
Fenugreek
Feverfew
Flax
Fo Ti
Frankincense
Garlic
Gentian
Ginger
Ginko
Ginseng
Goldenrod
Goldenseal
Gotu Kola
Green Tea
Hawthorn
Hazel
Heather
Henbane
Holly
Hops
Horehound
Horse Chestnut
Horseradish
Horsetail
Hyssop
Iceland Moss
Irish Moss
Ivy
Jasmine
Jojoba
Juniper
Kava Kava
Kelp
Ladys Mantle
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemongrass
Licorice
Lobelia
Lovage
Mandrake
Marigold
Marjoram
Marshmallow
Meadowsweet
Milk Thistle
Motherwort
Mugwort
Mullein
Myrrh
Myrtle
Neem
Nettle
Nutmeg
Oak
Oats
Onion
Orange
Oregano
Oregon Grape Root
Orris
Parsley
Passionflower
Patchouli
Pau d' Arco
Pennyroyal
Peony
Peppermint
Periwinkle
Pipsissewa
Plantain
Poppy
Psyllium
Quassia
Queen Anne's Lace
Raspberry
Red Clover
Reishi
Rose
Rosemary
Rue
Safflower
Saffron
Sage
St. John's Wort
Sandalwood
Sarsaparilla
Sassafras
Saw Palmetto
Senna
Sheep Sorrel
Shepherds Purse
Skullcap
Slippery Elm
Solomon's Seal
Spearmint
Spikenard
Squawvine
Stinging Nettle
Sweet Woodruff
Taheebo
Tansy
Tarragon
Tea Tree
Thyme
Turmeric
Uva Ursi
Valerian
Verbena
Vervain
Violet
Vitex
Wahoo
Walnut
Wild Cherry
Wild Yam
Willow
Witch Hazel
Wood Betony
Wormwood
Yarrow
Yellow Dock
Yerba Mate
Yerba Santa
Yohimbe Bark
Yucca Root
Click Here for More Information!
FREE Musical Cards
Quote of the Moment

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. (Richard Bach)




Introduction to herbs

Bearberry
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Source
Bearberry, or uva-ursi, is the leaf of a member of the heath family. This trailing, lowgrowing evergreen shrub is found in cool temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Most of the leaf in commerce is wild-harvested.

Traditional Use
Traditionally, the astringent leaves have been used for diarrhea and dysentery and for bladder infections and other afflictions of the urinary tract. It has also been a folk medicine in the treatment of bronchitis. Bearberry was long used as a urinary antiseptic by physicians; it was official in the U. S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1926.

Current Status
Bearberry is an excellent example of an herb whose safe and effective use is far more complicated than simply preparing an herb tea. While often described as a "diuretic", bearberry does not strongly promote urination but rather serves as a urinary antiseptic. It contains arbutin and methylarbutin which are transformed into hydroquinone in the intestine. After this compound has been absorbed by the intestine, it binds to other compounds in the urine (if the urine is alkaline), forming two additional chemicals which kill or inhibit bacteria in the urinary tract. In Germany, bearberry is approved as a urinary antiseptic.

Preparations
Bearberry is formulated in capsules, tablets, tea, and tinctures. The dried herb is generally used. In Europe, coated tablets, which dissolve in the intestinal tract instead of the stomach, are available, minimizing potential side effects (see below). The leaves should contain at least 6 percent arbutin for reliable effects.

Cautions
Bearberry is high in tannins, which can produce stomachache, nausea, and vomiting. If you have a weak stomach, avoid bearberry. It is generally not recommended for children. Use should not be continued for more than a week except under the direction of a physician, as overuse may cause liver damage. It should not be used for suspected kidney disorders, as kidney disease cannot be self-diagnosed. Avoid during pregnancy.

Symptoms
Urinary tract infections, mild
Bilberry

NOTE: The information contained within the web site is for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified physician and/or naturopathic doctor, and the information given within is not meant to replace modern medicines or established medical treatments without the proper guidance of a qualified health practitioner. It is only meant for educational purposes. AllNatural.net and its representatives make no claims as to the ability of plants and their derivitives to cure you or treat you of any ailment known to man. Before using any plants and their derivitives you should seek the advice and training of a qualified professional and your personal physician. DO seek guidance if you do not know how to use these plants and their derivitives properly. AllNatural.net and its representatives will not be held responsible for the improper ingestion or other improper uses of plants and their derivitives. By use of this web site and the information contained herein you agree to hold harmless AllNatural.Net and its suppliers, heirs, employees and affiliates and you agree to the terms contained within the privacy and site use policy.

E-mail

All Natural.Net
Your Online Reference to Health, Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Vitamins, Minerals & Chinese Herbs

303-351-6140 | 4833 Front St., Unit B-306 | Castle Rock, CO 80104

Dotted Line

Website Design created by:
IMCD Web Design

Copyright © 1998 All Rights Reserved