Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Uva ursi

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The active medicinal compound in Arctostaphylos uva ursi is  the Hydroquinone glycoside, Arbutin. (Murray, 1991)

Biological Activities or Arbutin:

 - Antibacterial

 - Antiseptic

 - Diuretic

Medicinal Uses:

The leaves of the bearberry have both external and internal  uses. Used internally, it has been used to reduce the accumulation  of uric acid and relieve pain of bladder stones and cystitis.  The tea or tincture can be used in treating bed wetting as well.  Bearberry has been reported to be effective against E. coli.  For external use, it has been used as an astringent wash for  cuts and scrapes.