Uva ursi, also known as Bearberry, has a history of medicinal use dating back to the 2nd century. The leaves of this small shrub have been used as muscle relaxant, to soothe, strengthen, and tighten irritated and inflamed tissues. One of its best uses is for inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract, such as urethritis or cystitis. It has also been widely used as a diuretic, astringent, antiseptic and to fight infection.
The herb neutralises acidity in the urine, reducing bloating and water retention. Uva ursi also contains allantoin, which is well known for its soothing and tissue-repairing properties. We recommend consulting your herbalist or naturopath before using this herb.