Pharmacist - Formulist
Expert in phytotherapy
Who is it?
The bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), called by the English with the splendid consonance bear berry, which could be the title of a successful hit, is a small plant of about 30 centimeters of the Ericaceae family, characterized by red berries with a sour and unpleasant taste and leaves with very important active ingredients, ready to help dogs and cats suddenly.
Beware the bearberry is in town! The urinary tract will now be much safer and dogs and cats will have much less fear of facing them in the future.
The bearberry finds in the kidneys the ideal environment in which to manifest its powers, also collaborating with other phytotherapeutic superheroes with diuretic activity, such as dandelion , lespedeza and pilosella . Its active ingredients considerably increase diuresis, especially in stones and in cases of renal failure, acting as a disinfectant and antiseptic, calming the continuous urge to urinate and pain during inflammation and infections of the urinary tract.
Dogs and cats need the help of bearberry in cases of acute or relapsing cystitis, inflammation of the urethra and colibacillosis, the pathology caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli. Its superpowers also make it possible to alkalize the urine, thus modifying its pH, as well as having bacteriostatic activity, i.e. limiting bacterial replication.
The bearberry, however, is a generous superheroine and does not just rush to rescue attractive dogs and cats, but also remembers the elderly, making it useful in cases of prostatic hypertrophy in the geriatric field.
Its powers come from the richness of phenolic heterosides and the presence of tannins, flavonoids, triterpenes and monotropitosides.
Where to find it
The ferocity with which the bearberry defends dogs and cats is concentrated within the FORZA10 Renal Active and its correspondents in the Actiwet line , ready to attack the enemies of our furry friends, because their enemies are also ours.
The signs of bearberry in history and in legend are particularly frequent and marked.
First of all, the etymology of its name brings us back to the Latins, who called it uva ursi because of the bears that apparently are particularly fond of it. Alongside the recognized gluttony for honey, there is therefore the contrasting and not very popular one for bearberry berries.
According to a medieval story, a hermit monk, one day, chased by a ravenous and ferocious bear, found refuge in a cave, in a desperate attempt to save his skin. Apparently trapped, the bear's attention was distracted by a bush full of bearberry berries. The bear fed on them with gusto, preferring them to the poor hermit and, according to the legend, from that day he became meek and no longer attacked anyone. Although on this last part there could be Walt Disney's sweetening hand.
However, the bearberry has also left a trace in French literature, thanks to Rabelais, who in his stories wrote about how Pantagruel recovered thanks to it, expelling his misfortunes from the urine.
The bearberry is also used in cosmetics to lighten skin spots, the leaves are used to dye leather and fabrics, while its berries are used for the packaging of jams.