Arctostaphylos (Uva-Ursi) belongs to the Ericaceae family. It is in the form of leaves all year round and blooms from April to July, while its seeds ripen from July. It is found in Northern Europe, Asia, and North America.
Health Benefits and Uses
It is used by Indian tribes in South America as it faces a wide range of ailments. It has been used in conventional herbal medicine for hundreds of years. Its leaf contains hydroquinones and is one of the most powerful natural anti-bacterial, with strong action against urinary tract infections. However, its use should be done with caution, because in large quantities it can become toxic.
In general, the leaves are antiseptic, diuretic, and tonic. Tea extract is used for kidney and bladder problems such as acute chronic cystitis, etc. For external use it can be used for washing sensitive skin, washing eyes and skin wounds as well as rashes. At the same time, the extract of the leaves can be used as an oral solution or to relieve irritated leaves. Finally, the dried leaves have been used as an alternative to tobacco.
Available Forms of Arctostaphylos:
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.