Bearberry or bear ears – a small shrub of the heather family. The plant has long been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammation of the bladder – cystitis. All parts of bearberry – flowers, berries and leaves – are endowed with healing properties. They are harvested, dried and used for the preparation of medicinal decoctions and teas.
Therapeutic effect of bearberry
Healing potions made from bear ears help to alleviate the condition in the acute form of cystitis and in its chronic course during the exacerbation. The plant has a positive effect on the body, because it is characterized by actions:
The use of bearberry medications helps to relieve urinary tract infections. The plant contains arbutin, so it is endowed with antiseptic properties. This bitter substance can suppress pathogens of urological infections and turn them into harmless microorganisms.
Bearberry is filled with tannins that help the body overcome the inflammatory process. Their astringent action helps to increase the density and impermeability of the mucous membrane of the bladder affected by the disease. With the help of tannic compound free radicals – the perpetrators of the destruction of living cells – are blocked.
In the ears of a bear there are flavonoids – natural substances that regulate the activity of the body. They are able to activate diuresis, thereby increasing the excretion of sodium ions and chlorine. Under the action of flavonoids, even the most resistant bacteria that cause disease are destroyed. These natural substances can remove pain and spasms, relax the walls of the bladder.
Ursolic acid – another component of bearberry – has a diuretic effect, which reduces the development of stagnation. It slows down the activity of enzymes that act as catalysts for the destructive processes in the bladder.
Medicinal Cystitis Medicine Recipes
In the treatment of disease effectively use a variety of means, prepared from bearberry – from infusions to tea. They all contribute to the removal of pain and eliminate the discomfort that is inevitable with cystitis.
- Pour into a container of 1 tbsp. l bearberry.
- Pour a cup of water that has just boiled over (250 ml).
- Place the container in a water bath and incubate for 30 minutes.
- Filter the broth and leave to cool.
It is necessary to add boiled water to the finished drink so that its volume is 250 ml.
Medicinal decoction should be consumed after 30 minutes. after the meal. On the day should be 5-6 receptions. A single portion – 1 tbsp. l
- Dry bearberry to fall asleep in a thermos.
- Pour boiling water.
- Insist on for 8-10 hours.
- Filter and pour the infusion into another dish.
The remedy should be taken in 1/4 cup in 3-4 doses on the day after the meal.
The duration of dosing with bearberry is at least a week. When the cystitis is chronic, treatment can be delayed for a month. The urologist should recommend a specific period of therapy.
In its pure form, bearberry can have side effects that cause additional discomfort. To weaken them, bear ears are added to herbal preparations.
- bear ears (leaves or flowers) – 80 g;
- celandine and parsley seeds – 20 g.
- All components are crushed and mixed.
- Throw 1 tbsp. l in a container and pour 200 ml of water, heated to approximately 70 °.
- Leave to infuse for 6 hours.
- Put on the fire and boil for 10 minutes.
- Filter in clean dishes.
Therapeutic infusion should be drunk in two steps.
In the same way, a healing drink is prepared, which contains 60 g of bearberry and 40 g of parsley seeds.
- Prepare the same number of leaves of bear ears, fruits of wild rose, nettle, St. John’s wort and plantain.
- Mix medicinal plants.
- Separate in a saucepan 3 tbsp. l., pour water (3/4 cup).
- Boil for 5 minutes. and leave to infuse for 20 min.
Medicinal drink should be divided into three parts and drink for 20 minutes. before every meal.
When suffering from chronic cystitis, the infusion is recommended to be repeated for six months. Between courses should take a two-week break.
- Mix in the same amount of leaves of bear ears and corn silk.
- Measure 1 tbsp. l and pour water (glass).
- Over medium heat boil for a quarter of an hour.
The broth must be drunk per day, dividing it into equal portions. Such a composition of a therapeutic drug has properties that can quickly alleviate the condition of cystitis. Therefore, when an ambulance is required, of all the folk remedies it is wiser to dwell on this recipe.
Before starting the therapy, it is necessary to carefully study the contraindications in order not to further aggravate the condition of the body.
To bearberry is unsafe
Healing potions made from bearberry should be taken carefully, as they are unsafe and not shown to everyone. We’ll have to look for other ways to treat cystitis in such cases:
- the presence of acute inflammatory processes in the kidneys;
- breastfeeding period;
- allergic to compound plants;
- age up to 12 years.
Bearberry treatment can cause adverse reactions:
- bouts of nausea and vomiting;
- feeling of mild dryness in the mouth;
- dry lips;
Coloring urine green is a natural reaction that should not be intimidated. Consumption of bearberry in excess amounts leads to irritation of the urinary and biliary tract. Therefore, long-term medication is undesirable. It is more reasonable to limit it to a week or two, and then replace it with another, identical in effect on the body.
Self-treatment of cystitis, as well as any other ailments, is dangerous, since it does not preclude the transformation into a chronic form. It is reasonable to apply recipes of traditional medicine only after consulting an experienced urologist. After reviewing the test results, he will prescribe an effective course of therapy and will tell you how to supplement it with medicinal herbs.