Mother bearberry tincture

Mother bearberry tincture

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a shrubby plant belonging to the Ericaceae family that reaches a height of 25-30 centimeters and grows in the coldest and most humid areas of Europe, ie in the northern regions. In Italy it is grown in the Alps.
Contrary to what the name suggests, it has no connection with the fruit of the same name. Its name derives from the expression "uva ursi", as it seems that the bears are particularly greedy.
Bearberry is characterized by shiny and oval leaves that are collected during the summer and left to dry for several months in ventilated and closed places inside plastic bags. Its fruits are red and bitter in taste, but tasty and edible. They are consumed, especially in the northern regions, to enjoy their laxative and diuretic effects.
The small white and pink flowers bloom in May and have no particular properties.
Until the 13th century, Western herbal studies ignored the therapeutic importance of this plant. It was Marco Polo who reported the utility discovered by Chinese doctors for the treatment of kidney diseases. Since then it has often been adopted also in the West for the treatment of urinary and renal problems.
The beneficial properties for which bearberry has been appreciated for centuries by phytotherapeutic studies depend on its main constituents. It contains first of all arbutoside, an active ingredient that secretes the hydrochione that has the task of eliminating all the bacterial strains that it encounters, from the intestine to the bladder. Tannins are also very important, anti-inflammatory and diuretic substances. There are also good quantities of flavonodes with antioxidant virtues.
Bearberry can be taken in different ways: cold maceration, infusion, decoction, mother tincture or dry extract. Here we will concentrate on the Mother Tincture of bearberry which preserves the active ingredients of the plant which are particularly concentrated in it.


The mother tincture of bearberry is mainly prescribed during the treatment of diseases of the urinary tract both male and female, such as cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, candidiasis. Thanks to the arbutin contained in the plant, it is in fact a strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, able to calm pains and the continuous urge to urinate.
However, to begin the treatment, it must be ascertained that urine is alkaline (a very frequent factor during this type of infection), otherwise it is necessary to take specific alkalizing agents (such as bicarbonate).
Use of gout is also very common. The diuretic action of arbutin in fact allows the elimination of excess waste of uric acid in the blood and tissues.
Beneficial effects have also been found on menstrual disorders. The diuretic action reduces the typical swelling of the cycle and derives mostly from water retention.
The astringent properties of tannins and glucose present in the mother tincture fight the digestive tract fermentation, managing to soothe acidity, reflux and calming chronic and occasional dysentery.
A medium-long term treatment of bearberry can balance and restore the intestinal bacterial flora in particular unbalanced situations.
Bearberry flavonoids are particularly beneficial for liver disease. They work as protectors and stimulators of the disposal of toxins, contributing to a better functioning of the liver activities.
The T.M. of bearberry is often used also during slimming diets, not because it can act directly on excess fat, but for its diuretic properties that favor the elimination of excess liquids.


M.T. can be consumed by drops diluted in water, infusions or decoctions.
The prescriptions generally require an intake of 40 drops to be taken three times a day. It is advisable to take the drops with a teaspoon of baking soda so as to alkalize the urine and ensure that the properties of the bearberry are immediate and effective.
It is good to submit these suggestions to your doctor or herbalist of trust and let yourself be followed and advised by them during the treatment.


Bearberry has no particular contraindications, but is not recommended in some cases:
- During pregnancy and lactation: the typical acidity of bearberry and the alcohol contained in the mother tincture would circulate in the blood and breast milk and would be transmitted to the baby.
- Children under the age of 10 may be toxic.
-In case of severe kidney failure: the diuretic action would put a strain on the kidneys.
-In case of specific individual allergies.
It is important to point out that the mother tincture of bearberry can have some side effects verified:
- the urine may be dyed greenish or brownish
- given the strong acidity of the preparation, it could damage, in the long run, the gastric mucosa, if not associated with gastroprotectors
- the tannins taken for a prolonged period (over 10 days) can cause cases of toxicity with consequent states of nausea and vomiting.
Finally, it is advisable to take the daily dose away from the administration of other drugs, to avoid cases of interaction.