Uva Ursi is a popular herbal treatment for bladder infections. Also known as bearberry, uva ursi is a small shrub. While bears like to eat the berries of uva ursi, only leaves are used in medicinal preparations of this herb.
Uva Ursi for a UTI
Uva ursi contains arbutin, a compound, which drains excess water from your cells. This in turn has antiseptic effect on the kidneys.
Uva Ursi also helps keep urinary pH more alkaline. It also strengthens the lining of the urinary tract and alleviates inflammation of the bladder walls.
Meadow from Tampa, Florida writes Earth Clinic:
Uva Ursi leaf (an herbal dietary supplement) is effective with stubborn lower urinary tract infections and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections. Uva Ursi has antimicrobial activity. Uva Ursi contains a glycoside called arbutin, which has an antiseptic effect on the membranes of the urinary tract. As a natural diuretic this herb drains excess water from cells and promotes an antiseptic effect on the kidneys.
It is best to take Uva Ursi leaf as directed on the bottle, with a large glass of water and the juice of half a lemon, lime or baking soad. Fresh lemon juice has alkalizing and anti-bacterial properties. Bacteria can not live an an alkaline environment. Uva Ursi and a cranberry supplement will work in synergy to clear the infection.
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