(Bearberry) - Leaves used in potpourri

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... Uva ursi contains chemicals, primarily hydroquinone and hydroquinone derivatives, that make it potentially useful for urinary conditions. It has been approved for treating inflammation of the lower urinary tract by Commission E of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, which is the German governmental agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. The United States does not have a comparable agency to evaluate herbal products. Several chemicals found in uva ursi have antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties that may help to treat urinary tract infections. An astringent shrinks and tightens the top layers of mucous membranes, thereby reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. The antibacterial action of uva ursi is diminished or destroyed, however, if the urine has too much acid in it. Formerly, uva ursi was also thought to promote the production of urine by the body, but this diuretic effect has not been proved in studies of humans. In general, prescription drugs that are more effective than uva ursi and that may have fewer side effects are available for treating urinary tract infections. ...
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