Uva Ursi: Herbal Remedies

Uva Ursi Preparations and Dosage

Bladder and kidney infections can be highly uncomfortable -- uva ursi can provide relief. Below are some suggestions for dosage and use.

Uva Ursi Preparations and Dosage

Leaves are gathered from this low-growing, woodland shrub in the spring and early summer. The leaves are evergreen and become higher in tannins in the fall. So unless you want more tannins, it is best to harvest the younger green leaves. Uva ursi is commonly used dry and tinctured.

Tincture: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, two or three times a day.

Precautions and Warnings

Avoid in pregnancy because uva ursi may stimulate the uterus. Don't take the herb for a long time, because uva ursi's high tannin content may irritate your stomach. Uva ursi leaves may contain as much as 40 percent tannin when gathered late in the season.

Tannins are astringent and may account for uva ursi's ability to reduce bleeding and mucus formation in the urinary passages. Be cautious about giving uva ursi to children because the herb's effects may be harsher for them. If you have kidney disease, take uva ursi only under the care of a physician experienced in using the herb.

Side Effects of Uva Ursi

Dosages exceeding 1.5 ounces of the dried herb have poisoned some persons sensitive to this herb. Keep in mind, though, that 1.5 ounces is a considerable amount. When used safely, uva ursi can help relieve the discomfort of urinary problems.

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