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BEREDRUIF, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Parts used: Dried leaves
Constituents: Hydroquinone, Tannins, Flavonoids, quercitin, Iridoids, Glucoside, gallic acid, ellagic acid. (Glucosides are hydrolysed in the body to from hydroquinone)
Actions Indications
Urinary antiseptic Diarrhoea, haemorrhage, cystitis, dysuria, urethritis, prostatitis, lithuria, nephritis, urolithiasis, hematuria, used to prevent post-partum infections, decreases growth of H. pylori
Diuretic Strengthens and tones urinary passages, normalises blood pressure by regulating fluid balance, regulates blood sugar
Demulcent Soothing to urinary tract +Marshmallow
Astringent BHP specific, for acute catarrhal cystitis with dysuria and acid urine
Bacteriostatic Effective against E. Coli and Staph. species Use a Spasmolytic for relieving the acute pain (Celery, Wild yam)
Herbal extract, 30-60mL per week, acute 80-150mL for 2 weeks
Energetics: Cold, astringent, dry. Dosha: V+PK-
Meridians: bladder, kidney, colon, liver
Caution: The high tannin content of this herb can lead to gastric irritation and large doses can cause nausea and vomiting. Do not use in pregnancy and kidney disease Use short term – max 7 days and do not take vitamin C in high doses
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