Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Uva ursi

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Arctostaphylos uva ursi



Traditional name

Used parts

The fresh leaves, gathered in autumn, are chopped and pounded to a pulp and weighed. Then take two - thirds by weight of alcohol, add it to the pulp, stir and mix well, and strain through a piece of new linen. The tincture thus obtained is allowed to stand eight days in a well - stoppered bottle, in a dark, cool place, and then filtered.


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Cornidae; Ericales; Ericaceae - Heath Family


Original proving

     UVA - URSI 10M
     Feels weak, nauseated, sore all over as if bruised; pain in chest, cold in head, throat tickles, feels like coughing continuously; nasal mucous membrane appears raw; symptoms of a severe cold; excess of mucus in throat; no appetite; cutting sensation in urethra on urination; often cured hoarseness.
     UVA - URSI 10M
     Slight symptoms of cold in the head; general muscular soreness as if bruised; soreness in the chest walls.
     UVA - URSI 10M
     Symptoms of cold in head or general cold.
     UVA - URSI 10M
     Nose is raw and discharges.
     UVA - URSA.
     Slight nausea.
     UVA - URSA 10M
     Cutting sensation on urination - burning soreness over the whole body, as if bruised.
     UVA - URSA 10M
     Symptoms of a severe cold; throat tickles; feels like coughing constantly. COUGH a prominent symptom.


Description of the substance

Appearance: Uva ursi grows as a vine or mat usually  along open areas and down slopes. It has small leathery spoon  shaped leaves that are attached to reddish barked stems. The  flowers usually appear in the Spring. Flower growth process begins  as small pinkish urns that mature into red berries that  are sporadically located along the length of the stem. (Moore,  1993)

Habitat: The bearberry plant can be found from sea level  to 11,000 feet. Growing on open hillsides in the mountains and  on the dry sides of canyons. Plants range from the coastal areas  of Northern California -Northward into Canada. Bearberry  will grow almost anywhere given an acidic soil and sunny location. (Moore 1993)


Somewhat difficult to propagate by seed, bearberry requires  both scarification and a soaking process. More commonly plants  are propagated by stem cuttings. These cuttings are taken from the terminal section of the plant and are then harvested from  November to February. In commercial propagation, the micropropagation  method is often used. (Kester, 1997)