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Information on Cranberry including the benefits and uses of using Cranberry. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Cranberry as part of a holistic approach to health.
Botanical name

Vaccinium macrocarpon


Cranberries are closely related to bilberry, both of which are edible fruits and medicines. In the 17th century, cranberries were used to treat stomach complaints, diarrhoea, liver and gallbladder disorders, blood conditions, appetite loss, scurvy, and cancer.

Early this century it was discovered that cranberries were an effective herbal treatment for recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberry was found to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and uniquely anti-adherance (prevents the adherance of bacteria to the urinary tract mucosa).

Conditions commonly used for

Prevention and treatment of Urinary Tract Infections (cystitis, kidney infections)

Common dosage range
  • 3 or more cups of cranberry juice per day for the treatment of cystitis (best is sugar free)
  • One glass (300ml) each day has been shown to reduce the risk of a urinary tract infection in those at risk.
  • Standardised extracts are available in tablets or capsules.
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

Cranberry is generally regarded as safe and well tolerated.

Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner.

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