ursi is a small, perennial shrub that is common to Northern Europe
and America. It is an attractive plant that flowers from June to
September, its berries ripening during the winter. The active medicinal
properties of the plant are found in its leaves, containing gallic
acid and arbutin, which produce the herbís diuretic and tonic powers.
Uva ursi is known to relieve chronic irritation of the bladder and
urinary passages, reducing the urgency and burning which is associated
with these conditions. It is also an astringent which is useful
in treating chronic diarrhea and dysentery. To further assist your
body in the healing process, you should avoid the use of alcohol,
sugar and white flour products until the infection is cleared up.
It is helpful to take acidophilus and drink lots of water while
taking uva ursi. In the case of a severe kidney or bladder infection,
a physician should be consulted.