The leaves of Arctostaphylos uva ursi.—Europe, America.
Preparations.—A decoction. Tincture of Uva Ursi.
Dose.—The dose of a decoction will be one tablespoonful. Of the tincture gtt. x. to ʒj.
Therapeutic Action.—Uva Ursi is diuretic, astringent, tonic and antilithic. Although it is not an active diuretic and indeed acts feebly as such, yet from its specific action upon the urinary apparatus, an action not exerted by any other vegetable astringent, we have thought it proper to consider the agent in this place. The benefit derived from its use in the diseases to which it is specially applicable, is due, no doubt, in great part to its astringent and tonic influence upon the kidneys and mucous membrane of the urinary organs.
It is a popular remedy in chronic nephritis, and ulceration of any part of the urinary passages; also in diabetes, catarrhus vesicae, incontinence of urine, leucorrhoea, gleet, menorrhagia, and other diseases of the mucous surfaces attended with a redundant mucous secretion, and accompanied with either local or general debility.