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Uva Ursi is used to treat urinary tract inflammations such as cystitis. It has been used as a healing remedy and an astringent. Uva Ursi has been used the Native Americans to treat urinary diseases and uterine dropsy.
Uva Ursi Benefits and Effects
Cystitis, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones can be treated with uva ursi. The primary compound in uva ursi is arbutin, the hydroquinone derivative. The stomach absorbs it and changes it into a substance with disinfectant, antimicrobial, and astringent properties. Arubutin fights infection, soothes irritation, and reduced inflammation during urination.
Herbs can fight disease and strengthen the body. Unfortunately, herbs can possess chemicals that can react with other herbs, medications, or supplements and produce side effects. Herbs should only be used under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider.
Alkaline urine is necessary for uva ursi to be effective. People taking uva ursi should not eat acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits. Baking soda is a good method of keeping urine alkaline. Do not take uva ursi for extended periods of time lasting longer than one week. Use should not be repeated in excess of five times yearly.
Possible Side Effects
Although considered relatively safe, side effects such as increase heart rate, irritability, insomnia, and vomiting can occur while using uva ursi.
Do not take uva ursi if you are pregnant, nursing, or have high blood pressure.
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