The bearberry [Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.] Is a wild plant. Contains arbutin and tannins. Infusion, and often a decoction of leaves (10: 180, 1 tablespoon 5-6 times a day) is used as a diuretic and disinfectant for inflammatory diseases of the bladder and urinary tract.
Fig. 70. Bearberry ordinary.
Dressy spring bearberry, decorated with pink flowers-jugs. Elegant in the fall, when red berries are growing on the branches. But neither flowers nor berries are needed. The berries are nasty in taste, inedible. Inside them are powdery pulp. Only leaves are healing with bearberry. In order not to confuse them with leaves of lingonberry, you need to know their difference. Lingonberry stands a bush, and does not spread, like a bearberry, its creeping shoots on the ground. Although the leaves and the other half-shrub leathery, cowberry they are larger and wrapped down. And if you look at them from the inside, as if labeled: everything is in brown spots. Bearberry has no such points.
Harvest leaves of bearberry differently: cut off the ends of the twigs with leaves. You can not tear them, because you can pull out the whole bush, and bearberry in our forests is not enough. In recent years, more and more old forests are being cut down and thus the thickets of this plant are destroyed.
Bearberry leaf is used as a diuretic and disinfectant for inflammatory diseases of the bladder and urinary tract.