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Uva Ursi
Botanical name

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi


Uva-ursi has been used as a medicine for the past two thousand years in Europe and Nth America. The leaves were, and still are, frequently used as a treatment for urinary tract infections.

Uva-ursi has anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic and anti-microbial activity, with special affinity for the digestive and urinary tract. Studies show that arbutin, the chief active compound in uva ursi, converts in the intestinal tract to form hydroquinone. The antiseptic and astringent effects of uva-ursi are due to hydroquinone, however this only occurs if the urine is alkaline. The whole leaf is a more effective remedy than the isolated arbutin component.

Uva ursi has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against Proteus vulgaris, Escherichia coli, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Mycoplasma hominis, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Friedlander's pneumonia, Enterococcus faecalis, Streptococcus strains, and Candida albicans.

Conditions commonly used for
  • Infections and inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract (eg. cystitis, prostatitis)
  • Infections and inflammations of the digestive tract (eg. gastroenteritis, Candida albicans infections)
Common dosage range

The generally recommended adult dose for acute infections is 10 to 12 g crushed leaf or powder infused for 15 minutes in 1 cup boiling water, taken up to 4 times/day. Take 'Ural' or 1 tsp of bicarb soda in water with each dose to ensure alkaline urine. Note: Do not consume for long periods of time and if symptoms persist beyond 24 hours seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner.

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age.
  • Not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Uva ursi is generally regarded as safe when administered in standard therapeutic dosages, however side effects such as irritability, restlessness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, headaches and racing heart beat have been reported.
  • Excessive dosage may cause inflammatory and irritable conditions of the bladder and urinary tract mucous membranes and be toxic to the liver, especially in children.
  • Uva ursi should also be avoided by individuals with anxiety, hypertension, glaucoma, impaired cerebral circulation, benign prostate hyperplasia with residual urine accumulation, and thyrotoxicosis (Graves' disease).
  • Do not use this herb for prolonged periods over one week in duration unless taken under the supervision of a qualified health care provider.
  • Because uva ursi is effective only in alkaline urine, persons taking oral preparations of uva ursi should not consume highly acidic foods, including acidic fruits and fruit juices.
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