Bearberry is a medicinal plant with excellent benefits against many urinary tract infections (such as cystitis, vaginitis or urethritis), due to its antiseptic and antibacterial action.
Bearberry is a plant scientifically known by the name of Arctostaphilos uva-ursi, of recognized action and medicinal use that grows in Northern Europe, Asia and America. With the translation of its Latin name “bear grape”, it makes almost without a doubt reference to the predilection of these animals for their fruits, which present a texture and a certainly unpleasant taste (for humans).
Its leaves are very green, small and evergreen, long appreciated for its therapeutic properties. These contain a substance called arbutoside, which is metabolized into hydroquinone and is eliminated through the urine.
It is precisely its leaves and not its fruits (whose flavor, as we said, is actually extremely unpleasant) that are used from a medicinal point of view, thanks to the fact that they are the ones that ultimately have their therapeutic properties.
The qualities of bearberry against urine infections
Antibacterial and disinfectant properties
It has very interesting antibacterial properties against Escherichia coli, the pathogen responsible for much cystitis (urinary tract infections). In fact, it acts as a wonderful natural antiseptic, thanks to the fact that it allows the release of hydroquinone from the liver.
For this reason, this plant is popularly known for its qualities as a urinary disinfectant, being precisely useful to disinfect the urinary tract and prevent the negative action of certain bacteria, as on this occasion is the case of one of the main culprits of most infections. Urinary tract: Escherichia Coli bacteria.
The antibacterial qualities are due to the presence of abutting, a glycoside with impressive qualities to destroy bacteria present in the urine.
Important source of tannins
It is an important source of tannins with anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, which favors the increase in the volume of the urine and the renal elimination of urea.
This translates into something very simple: by producing a greater increase in urine, it is possible to promote the healing of cystitis, helping in a very positive way to eliminate toxins through it.
Helpful in most urinary tract infections
But the truth is that bearberry is not only useful against cystitis. It is also, ultimately, for the natural treatment of most of the infections that occur in the urinary tract.
And what are the most common? Not only cystitis, but also urethritis and vaginitis in women. On the other hand, it also helps in case of leucorrhea and prostate problems in men.
Other recognized qualities of bearberry
But bearberry is not only useful and interesting in the natural treatment and cure of cystitis and other urinary tract infections. It is also particularly interesting as an astringent and antidiarrheal, making it a mild remedy for occasional diarrhea.
On the other hand, it can also be used externally in the form of mouthwashes and ointments.
For the first of the cases, thegaunt helps to fight the inflammations that arise in the mouth. While in the form of ointments it is useful to disinfect minor skin wounds.
Does it have side effects and contraindications?
Although bearberry does not have side effects, it must be taken into account that in high doses it can cause irritation to the mucous membranes, as a consequence of its high tannin content.
It does have contraindications, and its consumption is not recommended in case of kidney disease or during gestation (pregnancy).