Any herbalists here? Is it true that UVA URSI (bearberry)is almost poisonous? See I hold an UTI and I'm taking
these Uva Ursi pills, but I found this article on the web:
Are there caution on using bearberry?
Uva ursi, in any form, is not a daily supplement to be used for prevention. Rather, it is a reactive herbal treatment which should single be employed once a problem appears. Even most companies that sell bearberry do not recommend continuous use for more than one week because it is potent and can cause side effects similar to nausea or liver problems when taken in large doses. Bearberry is an herb that teeter on the boundary between stiff cure and potent poison, so it should not be taken by children, pregnant women, or anyone with existing liver problems. Bearberry is a treatment for a medical problem and not just a pro-health herbal supplement.
It say Uva Ursi should be taken in small quantities. The pills I'm taking contain 100,00 mg per portion (that's 100,00 mg per PILL right?). Would that be considered a small dose, or am I surrounded by trouble? I've been taking one a day for 17 days very soon
I can't tell if you are taking 100,000mg (put the comma in the wrong place) or 10,000mg (left a not anything off). That is per dose - look on the bottle to see if the directions say to take one or two. If it say take 2, then to be exact the mg. in ONE pill. Also makes a difference if it is powdered herb or herbal EXTRACT within powder form.
Either way, 17 days is long enough that if this herb be going to work for you, you should be completely well by now.
So, if it be me, I would STOP taking this herb and start instead with Cranberry Extract capsules or softgels, 2 or 3 day after day and Goldenseal Root capsules, 500mg. each. Take 2 capsule 3x for 2 days. Then take 1 capsule 3x day after day for additional 8 days. You should feel much better by the 2nd or 3rd light of day.
To feel better faster, drink 8 to 10 glasses of hose down each day and stay away from anything tannic, approaching tea or coffee. NO SUGAR until you get well. Add Meadowsweet tea to your regime to contentment the pain and sooth the urinary inflammation.
Most products containing Uva Ursi are intended for short-term use because of the strong properties of hydroquinone, and should be limited to 2 or 3 weeks' use.
but the dose you mentioned is extremely high and is really poisionus and even cruel. Uva ursi is intended for short term use and is safe and forceful used for a week to ten days. In addition to alkaloids, uva ursi has large quantities of tanic acid (like surrounded by black tea) that can cause nausea. Actually, it is best to make a maceration of the dried leaves to avoid the tanic acids.
It really is one of the most forceful herbs for UTI's, so don't be scared of it, simply don't take it longer than ten days.