Also known as: bearberry
Actions: antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial.
Therapeutic uses: urinary tract disorders such as cystitis, urethritis, vaginitis, fluid retention and bedwetting. Also profuse bleeding during menstruation, diarrhoea and toothache.
Typical preparation: tablet, infusion, decoction.
Contraindications: not to be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Shouldn’t be used for more than two weeks at a time without professional supervision. Higher doses occasionally lead to nausea.