- Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), or bearberry has a long history of use in European and Western herbalism. It is a key herb for urinary tract infections as a cold infusion tea, or in capsules. Uva ursi is also anti-viral, showing activity against the Herpes simplex viruses and the flu virus.
- Traditional use saw uva-ursi used for treatment of kidney stones, gonorrhea, oedema, for urinary tract issues and as a diuretic. Research has shown it to have strng antimicrobial infection, with an inhibitory effect on S. aureus and E. coli. It’s also been shown in studies to have antimicrobial activity against Mycobacterium smegmatis, Shigella species, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonus aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Candida albicans, Neisseria gonorrhae, Chromobacterium violaceum and other species.
- This herb should not be used long-term in capsule form, it is not suitable to be taken during breastfeeding or pregnancy, and is not recommended for renal disease, or liver pathology. Professional advice must be sought for use with children.