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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.
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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.
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Iwata et al., "Anthocyanin composition and antioxidant activity of the crowberry (Empetrum nigrum) and other berries," Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol.
It comprised mostly subalpine ground with tallish heather, blaeberry, and crowberry, with some patches of short heath.
But the climbers, from England, were dead when the team arrived at the area, called Crowberry Gully.
5) The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta ecosystem, a flat wetland region pocked with peat mounds and sand dunes, is dominated by the dwarf scrub crowberry (Empetrum nigrum).
After a mug-up, we rested in pale sunlight on crowberry mats that smelled of resin.
Sources like Chokeberry, Mountain ash berry, Japanese plum, Cherry plum, Rabbiteye blueberry, Bog whortleberry, Date, Mango, Crowberry, Rosehip, Buckwheat, Millet, Fababean, Chicory, Ginseng, Taro, Turnip, Eggplant, Perilla, Rhubarb and Tamarind are discussed along with many others.
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It overflows with bilberry, crowberry, bell eather, tormentil, heath milkwort, various sedges and a rofusion of lichens.
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