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Ursi uva tea – What is it for?

by Dianna Leon
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URSI UVA TEA

Do you know the uva ursi?

This curious name plant actually is the bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi L.) belonging to the family of Ericaceae, also known as buxilo, strawberry tree, bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and búxulo. This plant mainly inhabits the mountainous regions of Europe, Asia and North America; it earned the nickname “bear grape” (which gave rise to the name uva ursi) because its fruit – which are red-colored berries – has a taste that is not very pleasing to the human palate, but quite pleasing to bears, who consume it too much. .

his plant has been used as an antiseptic and urinary tract diuretic for centuries, as a form of tea or leaf extracts. But his tea, to this day, is the highlight. Its green leaves that can be harvested at any time of the year provide benefits to the human body through its tea.

Medicinal properties of uva-ursi and other details

  • Astringent.
  • Diuretics.
  • Antiseptic.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antibacterial.

Its active ingredients are: Tannins, glycosides, flavonoids, heterosides, hydroquinonics, ursolic acid, ellagics, wax and mineral salts.

What is the infusion of this plant for?

The bearberry plant, in the form of tea , acts in several treatments and combats the following problems:

  • Blenorrhagias.
  • Bladder catarrh.
  • Cystitis.
  • Renal calculus.
  • Urinary calculations.
  • Chronic kidney inflammation (in this case, it is essential to follow up with a doctor, to “check” if the urine has an alkaline pH).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dysenteries.
  • Inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract.
  • Inflammations in the external or internal region of the mouth.
  • Sore throat.
  • Bowel complications.
  • Complications in Organs genitals (eg vaginitis, metritis, discharge, etc.).
  • Chronic inflammations of the prostate and urethra.

Contraindications, cautions and tips

It is necessary to pay extra attention and always look for contraindications. In the case of bearberry, the following cannot consume tea: pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under 12 and people with stomach sensitivity, stomach or duodenal ulcers.

Unfortunately, treatment with this tea should not last longer than 10 or 15 days in a row (taking 2 or 3 cups a day), as excessive use can cause excessive nausea, vomiting, convulsions and even a collapse. Treatment, of course, can be summarized later, but it has to come after a break in consumption for a long time. Long-term use (exceeding the stated 10 or 15 days) can cause chronic liver damage and constipation; in pregnant women, it can reach the dangerous picture of reduced blood supply to the fetus.

It is also important to note that if during treatment with bearberry you notice your urine with a greenish color, it is completely normal.

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