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Internally for kidney and bladder stones, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, arthritis gout and oedema’
Austin, Daniel, F. (2004) Florida Ethnobotany. CRC Press.

Inuit, Chinook, Cree and Chippewaians aused it as a tobacco substitute. Orally for vomiting, purging, bloody and green urine, reduced cardiac output (although this latter seems an odd piece of knowledge for native Americans over a century ago).
Milspaugh, C.E. (1974) American Medical Plants

For treating Nephritis.
London Pharmacopoeia (1763)

As Arbutus uva-ursi it was used as an 'astringent tonic' for treating calculus & 'catarrhus vesicae'
Stephenson, J. & Chrchill, JM (1836) Medical Botany . London, John Churchill

Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration (THMR).


bear-grape (Source: Dict Gard ) bearberry (Source: World Econ Pl ) hog-cranberry (Source: Dict Gard ) kinnikinnick (Source: F Pacif NW ) mealberry (Source: Dict Gard ) mountain-box (Source: Hortus 3 ) sandberry (Source: Dict Gard ) upland-cranberry (Source: Websters Dict ) uva-ursi (Source: Herbs Commerce ed2 ) gayuba (Source: F Int Apico ) [Spanish]

Syn. = Arbutus uva-ursi L. (basionym)

Other use

Used by Inuit, Chinook, Cree and Chippewaians as a tobacco substitute.
Milspaugh, C.E. (1974) American Medical Plants

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Caucasus
  • Asia-Temperate, Russian Far East
  • Asia-Temperate, Siberia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe
  • Europe, Middle Europe
  • Europe, Northern Europe
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe
  • Northern America
  • Southern America

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ( L. ) Spreng. 'Vancouver Jade'

Genus: Arctostaphylos
Species: uva-ursi ( L. ) Spreng.
Cultivar: 'Vancouver Jade'
Common names: Bearberry
Distribution summary: Eurasia, Northern America, Guatemala
Habit: Sub-Shrub
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Dry, grassy slopes amongst rocks , usually on calcareous soils
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: North America (A)
Flowering months: March, April
Reason for growing: Medicinal, toxic, traditional herbal registration

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