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Bearberry Leaves: Help with cystitis

by Josephine Andrews
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Bearberry leaves have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. They are therefore used for uncomplicated bladder infections in women. Read more about the effects and uses of bearberry leaves and when to seek medical help.

What are the effects of bearberry leaves?

Bearberry leaves are used as a traditional herbal medicine for uncomplicated cystitis in adult women when antibiotic treatment is not necessary.

Active ingredients in the bearberry leaves are phenolic glycosides, large amounts of tannins, flavonoids and organic acids. The most important representative of the phenolic glycosides is arbutin, which is converted into its active form (hydroquinone) in the body.

Although there is insufficient evidence from clinical trials, the effectiveness of these herbal medicines is plausible based on positive reports. There is evidence that they have been used safely in this way for at least 30 years.

According to studies, arbutin or hydroquinone has an antimicrobial effect, i.e. it can fight pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. This effect is supported by the mucous membrane-protecting, anti-inflammatory and also germicidal tannins. The antimicrobial properties of the flavonoids also contribute to the healing properties of bearberry leaves.

It is said to work primarily when the urine has an alkaline, i.e. basic pH value. It therefore makes sense to use sodium bicarbonate to make the urine more alkaline when treating urinary tract infections. However, there are different scientific opinions on this.

In the case of inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract that do not require treatment with antibiotics, the use of bearberry leaves is medically recognized. Thanks to many years of experience, bearberry leaves can also help with symptoms of recurrent bladder infections.

If you suffer from a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection, please see your doctor first to rule out possible serious causes.

Extracts of the plant are also used in products applied to the skin, including skin lightening creams. The background: The contained ingredient hydroquinone is prescribed for the treatment of dark skin spots.

Bearberry leaves should not be used for more than a week without medical advice and a maximum of five times a year. The reason is that the metabolite of arbutin, hydroquinone, has potentially mutagenic, carcinogenic and liver-damaging properties and is therefore harmful in the long term.

What side effects can bearberry leaves cause?

In people with sensitive stomachs, bearberry leaves can cause stomach problems such as nausea and vomiting due to the tannins they contain.

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