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Help Controlling Bladder and Kidney Infections with Uva Ursi and Hydrangea

Uva Ursi

The Europeans, Chinese and American Indians used the leaves and fresh berries of the Uva Ursi for bladder infections, kidney stones and incontinence. Marco Polo also recorded in the 13th century that the Chinese physicians were using this herb as a diuretic, for kidney and bladder problems. Some North American Indians used an infusion of Uva Ursi for sore gums, canker sores and as a mouthwash.

Commonly known as Bearberry, Uva Ursi is a short evergreen shrub with small leathery leaves. Medical herbalists report that the diuretic action comes from arbutin, which is absorbed, remains unchanged and then excreted by the kidneys producing and antiseptic effect on the urinary mucus membranes.

Uva Ursi strengthens the urinary passages and is good for inflammation of every part of the urinary system. It also increases the flow of urine and cleanses the spleen. In his book, “The Little Herb Encyclopedia,” Jack Ritchason writes, “Uva ursi is an astringent herb with strong affinity for the urinary system. It has been used to help correct bedwetting, bladder diseases, cystitis, kidney congestion and infections of the kidneys and urinary tract (234).”

This herb also helps urine that is high in acid maintain a healthy pH balance.

In “Heal Your Life with Home Remedies,” Hanna Kroeger recommends the “trace minerals from Uva ursi” along with “vitamins A, B6, C and E” as a remedy for bladder infection (133).

Urva Ursi should not be taken by pregnant women because it stimulates the uterine contractions.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea is an elegant shrub that grows in the southern and midwestern part of the United States. It contains bitter compounds that make it a great blood purifier and cleanser of the entire urinary tract.

Hydrangea is very helpful for urinary problems, preventing the formation of gravel, helping any deposits to pass through the ureters from the kidney to the bladder. It increases the flow of urine and will remove bladder stones as well as the accompanying pain. Hydrangea acts as a solvent to help break down and prevent further formation of stones and deposits in the urinary and glandular systems.

Hydrangea is a diuretic herb that promotes the overall health of the prostate gland, by reducing inflammation, infection and swelling.

It also contains nutrients and minerals including high concentrations of calcium that is so important for strong bones and healthy connective tissues, and it is helpful for the swelling of arthritis and can ease the effects of severe rheumatism.

There are many herbs that will work well on one particular disease, while others may work better for one person than another. If you are allergy prone or uncomfortable using medicinal herbs, it is recommended that you seek the advice of your doctor before using any herbal products.

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References: Kroeger, Hanna, “Heal Your Life with Home Remedies and Herbs,” Hay House Publications; 1998.
Ritchason, Jack, N.D., “The Little Herb Encyclopedia,” Woodland Publishing, 1994.

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