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 womens 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.