Uva ursi is an evergreen shrub native to alpine forests in North America, Europe, Siberia and the Himalayas. Arctostaphylos is a plant species of the genus Arctostaphylos(manzanita). The leaves of this small shrub have been used as an herbal folk medicine for centuries as a mild diuretic and astringent, and in the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis, urethritis and nephritis, pyelitis and in pyelonephritis. Uva ursi can help to reduce accumulations of uric acid and relieve the pain of bladder stones. Uva ursi is also helpful for chronic diarrhea. As a nutritional supplement and muscle relaxant, Uva ursi soothes, strengthens, and tightens irritated and inflamed tissues. The herb neutralizes acidity in the urine, increasing urine flow, therefore reducing bloating and water retention, making it beneficial for weight loss. Uva ursi's astringent properties may also assist in the treatment of some bed wetting problems. 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. Allantoin contained in uva ursi is an active ingredient in many over the counter creams to treat cold sores, herpes, and vaginal infections.
Cautions: Because of a lack of information regarding safety, children, people with kidney disease, pregnant women, and breast-feeding mothers should not take Uva Ursi. Large doses may stimulate uterine contractions during pregnancy. People with high blood pressure should consult a doctor before using Uva Ursi.
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2 oz per bag
Insturctions: Boil spring water then after you turn off the heat add 1 or 1&1/2 teaspoons to 8 FL oz of water. Let steep for 30 minutes add agave for sweetner.
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