Uva ursi soothes, strengthens, and tightens irritated and inflamed tissues. It has been used to reduce the accumulation of uric acid, relieve the pain of bladder stones, and heal urinary tract infections.
Why & How Uva Ursi Works?
Uva Ursi contains chemicals, primarily hydroquinone and hydroquinone derivatives, that make it potentially useful for urinary conditions and is used to treat infections such as cystitis, urethritis and nephritis. The hydroquinone derivative, arbutin, is the chief active compound in uva ursi; arbutin exercises an antiseptic effect on the urinary mucous membrane.
It is absorbed in the stomach and converted into a substance with antimicrobial, astringent, and disinfectant properties. During urination, as it passes out of the body it acts on the mucous membranes of the urinary tract to soothe irritation, reduce inflammation, and fight infection. In addition, the plant has diuretic properties which promote urination. It also contains allantoin which is well known for its soothing and tissue-repairing properties.
Other beneficial uses for Uva Ursi:
Weight Loss: The herb neutralizes acidity in the urine, increasing urine flow, therefore reducing bloating and water retention, making it beneficial for weight loss.
Menstruation: The diuretic action may relieve the bloating feeling associated with menstruation.
Prevent Postpartum Infection: Uva Ursi is also effective to help prevent postpartum infection.
Bed Wetting: Uva Ursi's astringent properties may also assist in the treatment of some bed wetting problems.
Properties of Uva Ursi: Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, relaxant (muscle), a tonic for kidneys, liver and pancreas