Uva Ursi Leaf


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Uva Ursi folium, also known as bearberry leaf, is used in Zen’s Uric acid tea blend Gout-B-Gone; Uva Ursi leaves are one of three herbs used in this blend. The berries are tasty to bears and so when the plant was named in Latin uva-ursi, this was taken into consideration; uva, “grape, berry of the vine”, ursi, “bear”, i.e. “bear’s grape”. But Uva ursi tea is generally made using the leaves of the plant rather than the sour berries. Every Native American, European, and Early American settler used this herbal product for urinary infection symptom relief. Uva ursi is used for infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs) and swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract.

How Does Uva Ursi Work?

Uva Ursi contains arbutin, a chemical compound, which belongs to the glycosides and hydroquinones. Normally, the body excretes arbutin in urine, and arbutin converted to hydroquinone maintains a healthy microbial balance within the urinary system. Therefore, this tea will help to replenish the lost chemical in your body. Uva Ursi also contains allantoin, a chemical also found in Aloe, which has a soothing effect. The content of arbutin in leaves depends on the season as well as on the geographical distribution. 

For More Information:

Risk Assessment of Free Hydroquinone Derived from Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi folium Herbal Preparations

“The Uva Ursi Leaf has been traditionally used to treat symptoms of lower urinary tract infections. The most representative constituent of this herbal drug is arbutin that is rapidly absorbed in the small intestine and undergoes hepatic conjugation to form hydroquinone (HQ) conjugates.  Quote from “Risk assessment of free hydroquinone derived from Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi folium herbal preparations.” International journal of toxicology.

“It is reported to have diuretic, urinary antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties []. The extract constituents include flavonoids, iridoids, hydroquinone glycosides (mainly arbutin), tannins and terpenoids. In-vitro studies have demonstrated antibacterial activity against a variety of organisms including Escherichia coli, the most prevalent urinary pathogen. The antimicrobial action has been attributed to the hydroquinone derivatives, especially arbutin” Source: Uva-ursi extract and ibuprofen as alternative treatments of adult female urinary tract infection

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Preparation Steps

Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.

1 tsp per 8 oz
8 oz
3-5 minutes

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