Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Definition:Uva ursi contains a compound called arbutin, which has the ability to drain excess water from the cells, promoting an antiseptic effect on the kidneys.
Applications:Bladder infections, Bright's disease, cystitis, diabetes, nephritis, water retention, liver ailments and chronic diarrhea.
Scientific Updates:The primary constituent of uva ursi is a glycoside called arbutin which is responsible for its diuretic action. In addition, when it is excreted from the kidneys, arbutin produces an antiseptic effect on the mucous membranes of the urinary tract.203 Chemical compounds in uva ursi also help to balance the pH of urine.204 American research found that uva ursi was effective against nephritis and kidney stones and possessed all-around tonic properties.205 In addition, tests have found that extracts of uva ursi have shown some anticancer properties and antibiotic action.

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