Historically, the Chinese, Europeans, and American Indians considered uva ursi a kidney herb. They used the leaves and fresh berries for treating bladder infections, kidney stones, and incontinence. One tribe of North American Indians used an infusion of uva ursi for sore gums, canker sores and as a mouthwash. The early colonists found that American Indians used uva ursi and mixed its leaves with tobacco to create the smoking mixture they called “kinnikinnick,” one of uva ursi’s common names. Uva ursi strengthens the urinary passages and is good for inflammation in any part of the urinary system. It has been used to help correct bedwetting, bladder diseases, cystitis, kidney congestion and infections of the kidneys and urinary tract. It also said to have the ability to dissolve kidney stones. Due to the proximity of the prostate to the urinary tract in males, it has also been used in prostate remedies. It increases the flow of urine and also cleanses the spleen. Uva ursi is a remedy for excessive sugar in the blood and as such helps in controlling diabetes. It is soothes arthritis and inflammation throughout the body. NOTE: Uva ursi has a large amount of tannins, which could cause stomach upset in large quantities and should not be given to children under the age of two. You may notice that the herb often turns urine a dark green. Do not be alarmed - this is normal.
Uva Ursi Leaf (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi),
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Uva Ursi can provide relief for: • Bladder Infections • Cystitis • Diabetes • Gonorrhea • Kidney Infections • Nephritis • Urethritis • Uterine Ulceration