Bearberry: side effects

Uva ursina ( Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ) is a plant widespread in northern Europe, Asia and North America, belonging to the Ericaceae family . With its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, bearberry also has a diuretic, antimicrobial and calming action. Let’s discover the characteristics and side effects of Bearberry.

Uva ursina: characteristics and properties

The bearberry is a small shrub with evergreen leathery leaves, pink and pendulous flowers, and small and red fruits with a not very pleasant taste.

Bearberry leaves are used against urogenital tract infections for double action against inflammation and infection.

Rich in arbutin, bearberry is able to fight bacteria present in the urine, such as Proteus vulgaris or Klebsiella pneumoniae. It also has an antibacterial action against staphylococci and Escherichia coli, and is useful against cystitis.

The side effects of Bearberry

Bearberry can have side effects such as :

  • nausea, 
  • He retched, 
  • irritation of the gastric mucosa. 

It is not recommended to take it if you are pregnant and breastfeeding, and to consult a doctor before taking it.

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