Uva Ursi. Arctostaphylos uva ursi.
- Gallic acid, tannin, resin, sugar, arbutin, ericalin.
- Extractum uvae ursi fluidum, fluid extract of uva ursi. Dose, from ten to sixty minims.
Physiological Action—Uva ursi has long been in general use as a diuretic and sedative to the general urinary apparatus. It exercises both an astringent and tonic influence also, and it is prescribed when there are calculi present.
Specific Symptomatology—Its direct influence is upon relaxed conditions of the bladder walls, to which it imparts tone and induces normal contraction. It restrains excessive mucous discharges.
Therapy—It is curative in ulceration of the bladder wall, in cystitis, in pyelitis and in pyelonephritis. It is of much benefit also in the general treatment of gonorrhea. It has been prescribed with much confidence in diabetes, in which condition its influence is more general than specific. It exercises a soothing influence upon the urinary apparatus, and for that reason, is a common constituent of very many prescriptions for diseased conditions of these organs.
The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.