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Bear grape or Bearberry or Uva ursi.
What is bear grape (Uva ursi)?
Bearberry or Uva Ursi is a small, evergreen shrub(plant) found in the northern U.S. and in Europe, especially in dry, sandy or gravelly soils. It's name has its roots in Latin. It means "bear's grape" because its berries are often enjoyed as a treat for bears. As a plant, uva ursi generally stays small only reaches to a maximum height of about 2 feet, and often remaining as a ground cover under certain growing conditions. It grows slowly, but it thrives in areas such as canyon walls and rocky seacoasts that are hostile to other types of vegetation.
Its small dark green leaves may turn a brownish color in the autumn, but they do not fall off the plant. White or pink flowers that bloom in the summer are followed by clusters of orange or red berries. It tastes bitter. The active ingredient in bearberry extract is Arbutin. Arbutin is split into glucose (a sugar) and hydroquinone. It also contains Tannin. The first mention of its use in European medicine is in the thirteenth century. Native American Indians have used it long before those in Europe.
What is the effective dosage of bear grape (Uva ursi)?
The effective dosage is 2 to 4 grams per day for 5-6 days (maximum duration).
What are the benefits of bear grape (Uva ursi)?
• Bear grapes are used to treat urinary (kidney) tract infections.
• It has antibacterial properties.
• It also has diuretic (removes water from body) effect.
• It has hydroquinone which is used as a topical agent for lightening freckles and other areas of darkened skin. Hydroquinone decreases the amount of the dark pigment, melanin, produced in the body. As a result, darkened skin gradually gets lighter
What are the side effects of bear grape (Uva ursi)?
Bear grape is safe if taken in recommended doses and for brief periods, but it has some side effects include nausea and vomiting, irritability, insomnia, and an increased heart rate.
Cautions- • Individuals who already have medical conditions of the kidney, liver or stomach should not use bear grape.
• It is also not recommended for children or pregnant or breastfeeding women.
• It requires alkaline urine for it's antimicrobial properties to work, those taking uva ursi/beargrape should avoid eating acidic foods like citrus fruit, pineapple, and tomatoes. Taking some baking soda is a good way to maintain urine alkaline.