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Bearberry (Uva-Ursi)

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Common Names

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 Uva-Ursi.



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.


Parts Used

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?.


General Information

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.


Common Uses

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.