Bearberry, which is scientifically referred to as Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi or Arbutus
Uva-Ursi, is called by a long list of its common names, which include Arberry, Bearberry,
Bear's-Grape, Crowberry, Foxberry, Hog Cranberry, Kinnikinnick, Mealberry, Mountain
Box, Mountain Cranberry, Red Bearberry, Sagackhomi, Sandberry, Upland Cranberry and
The name of the bearberry shrub comes from the fact that bears enjoy eating its fruits.
Scientifically though, bearberry comes from the plant genus called as Ericaceae.
Bearberry was documented to have been first discovered in the 13th century in Wales.
It grows in abundance in the dry areas of continental Europe and regions in the Northern
America. Bearberry was publicly introduced for the first time in 1788, as a medicinal
plant, although evidences tend to show that it has long been in use as such even
before it was made public.
The name bearberry, stories foretold say, comes from the fact that its fruits are
the favorite of bears.
Bearberry?s fruits and leaves are most useful in the formulation of other herbal
mixtures. The fruits are not just the bears? favorite, it is also edible.
Its leaves are gathered and made useful during the fall. It is made into tea, which
cleanses our digestive system, stabilizes blood pressure, detoxifies unwanted toxins
in our body, keeps us fit and helps us maintain our ?ideal weight?.
Bearberry or Uva-Ursi is basically a shrub that grows only in dry land imbued with
optimal density of soil, gravel and sand.
The bearberry shrub has a fibrous root and stems which grow by as long as six inches.
It is generally considered as an effective herb in containing ailments like prostate
cancer, urinary tract infection, diarrhea, among many other diseases.
Its physical attributes include red or brown color on its stem, small spatula-like
rolled down leaves and round reddish fruits.
Not everybody however knows that aside from being bear foods and tea, bearberries
are also made useful as medicinal plant to cure renal and bladder infections, gout,
rheumatism, arthritis and cysts.
Bearberry or Uva-Ursi is also deemed as an effective diuretic, antiseptic and detoxifying
agent. It is also tapped as an herbal agent in weight loss. Equally important is
its ability to promote vanity. Its essential component appears to be largely contributing
to hair growth and re-growth.