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/bear·ber·ry/ (ber´ber-e)


Herbal medicine
An evergreen shrub, the leaves of which contain allantoin, arbutin, flavonoids, phenolic acid and tannins; it is diuretic and tonic, and has been used by herbalists to treat urinary infections and low back pain.

Bearberry should not be used in pregnancy, as it stimulates uterine contractions and may cause nausea, tinnitus and convulsions.


A shrub (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) whose dried leaves are used in various formulations; studies suggest value in diabetes and weight loss; purported value as a diuretic; use has been known to discolor urine.
Synonym(s): crowberry, foxberry, uva-ursi.

bearberry (ber·ber·ē),

n Latin names:
Arctostaphylos uvaursi, Arctostaphylos coactylis, Arctostaphylos adenotricha; parts used: dried leaves; uses: antimicrobial, antiinflam-matory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, urinary infections; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, diuretic medications, NSAIDs, mutagenic, carcinogenic, hepatotoxicity; not recommended for long-term use. Also called
arctostaphylos, bear's grape, crowberry, foxberry, hogberry, kinnikinnick, manzanita, mountain box, or
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