Arctostaphylos uva-ursi


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bearberry

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.

Toxocity
Bearberry should not be used in pregnancy, as it stimulates uterine contractions and may cause nausea, tinnitus and convulsions.
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Table 1: Herbal and nutritional tablet Herb Total Galium aparine, whole plant dry 3 g Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, leaf dry 1.1 g Equisetum arvense whole plant dry 500 mg Quercetin 100 mg Thiamine hydrochloride (B1) 15 mg Pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6) 13 mg d-alpha--Tocpheroll acid succinate Equiv.
and Betula glandulosa; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and Rubus sp.
Lindm.), Valerianae radix (valerian roots, Valeriana officinalis L.), Uvae-ursi folia (bearberry leaves, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.), Hyperici herba (St.-John's-wort herbs, Hypericum perforatum L.), Quercus cortex (oak bark, Quercus robur L.), Calendulae flos (marigold flowers, Calendula officinalis L.), Matricariae flos (pineapple weed flowers, Chamomilla suaveolens (Pursh) Rydb.), Chamomillae flos (wild chamomile flowers, Chamomilla recutita (L.) Rauschert), Frangulae cortex (alder buckthorn bark, Rhamnus frangula L.), Primula radix (primrose roots, Primula veris L.), Liquiritiae radix (liquorice roots, Glycyrrhiza glabra L.).
Moisture regime is sub-mesic and soil nutrient levels appear to be low as key understory plants in the uncut stand were caribou lichens, bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), and scattered Canada wild rye (Elymus canadensis).
For several diseases she mentioned the use of different plants (e.g., cough and tuberculosis treated with Juniperus communis L., Viburnum opulus L., Cetraria islandica (L.) Ach., Achillea millefolium L., Menyanthes trifoliata L.; kidney and bladder diseases treated with Jovibarba sobolifera (Sims) Opiz and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng., etc.), while according to her boils were to be treated only with P.