Description. The plant is also called Bear Berry. Chinese have been using Bear Berry Leaves since 13th century as a diuretic, to reduce kidney and urinary problems. Bear berry leaves are still used medicinally in Poland and other countries. Native Americans also used Bear berry tea for inflammation of the urinary tract, urethritis, kidney stones, and cystitis. The berries were also made into a tea that was used to ward off obesity. Bearberry is a very useful plant. All parts of it can be used in some way. The fruit can be eaten and cooked with other foods. The roots can be made into a tea that can treat a constant cough or slow down menstrual bleeding. A tea from the stem is used to prevent miscarriage and to speed up a women's recovery after childbirth. A tea made from the leaves can be drunk to treat kidney or bladder problems. Bear Berry Leaves have diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities. Use as a diuretic, and anti-microbial agent in cases of inflammatory diseases of the urinary tracts. Uses. It has been used to treat arthritis, back pain (lower), bed wetting, bile problems, bladder infections, bloating, bright's disease, bronchitis, cararrh of the bladder, cystitis, diabetes (by removing excessive sugar from the blood), diarrhea, fevers, fluid retention, gallstones, gonorrhea, headache (smoked), haemorrhoids, indigestion, kidney stones, kidney infections, liver problems, lung congestion, excessive menstration, nephritis, obesity, pancreatitis, prostate gland weakness, rheumatism, chronic urethritis, vaginal discharge, vaginal diseases, and water retention. It is claimed to strengthen the heart muscle and urinary tract, return the womb to its normal size after childbirth, and prevents uteral infection. It is also claimed to be a powerful tonic for the sphincter muscle of the bladder so it helps with bladder control problems. It has a strong bacteriostatic action against Staphylococci and E. coli. The leaves have strong astringent properties. It should not be used by people who are pregnant, breast feeding, nor in the treatment of children (under 12) and patients with kidney disease.
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