Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is natural herb ingredient of SaniTea™

uvaursiUva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) has diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic effect. Arctostaphylos uva-ursi is a species of Arctostaphylos, one of several related species referred to as bearberry. Names for this species include kinnikinnick and pinemat manzanita.

Bearberry has been used for centuries to promote the excretion of fluids, while at the same time exerting a powerful antiseptic action that helps to combat bacteria of the urinary tract. The arbutin content is a potent astringent and antiseptic that has a curative effect on disorders of the bladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, pancreas and small intestine, and is also a tonic that strengthens and imparts tone to the urinary mucous membrane.

Bearberry combats urethritis, prostatitis, vaginitis, chronic diarrhea,

infection of the uterus, ureter, bladder and kidneys.

The ability of Bearberry to promote the excretion of fluids has made it valuable in reducing excess water weight or bloating. Moreover, it helps to reduce the accumulation of uric acid in the blood and promotes the flushing of wastes and toxins from the system, which helps to ease rheumatism and other diseases marked by the accumulation of acids and waste products, such as gout, arthritis, nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) and kidney stones. There have been reports that Bearberry may also be helpful in dissolving kidney stones.

Current research shows that Bearberry may possess antiviral qualities that might be particularly strong against herpes and flu viruses.

Bearberry has shown promise in relieving Cardiac edema. As a diuretic, Bearberry appears to relieve the fluid accumulation and swelling of the limbs due to congestive heart failure (although not around the heart per se) and also in cases of pulmonary edema (excess water in the lungs). There are reports that Bearberry may also strengthen the heart muscle.

With regard to female health, Bearberry's tannins act as mild vasoconstrictors that help to reduce infection and inflammation after childbirth and are said to eliminate inflammation of the perineum if torn during delivery. The herb is used to treat vaginal discharge by reducing infection and has been given topically in Sitz baths following childbirth for relief of swelling, further bleeding and inflammation and to prevent infection. The allantoin content in the herb soothes and accelerates the healing of irritated tissues.

Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is natural herb ingredient of SaniTea™