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  Arctostaphylos Adans.
 
Scientific Name  Arctostaphylos Adans.
Family Name  Ericaceae
Common Name  Bearberry, Ura ursi, Manzanita
Photo link  http://www.swsbm.com/Images/A/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi-2.jpg
Studies on Diabetes  A study of streptozotocin-diabetic rats decreased hyperphagia, polydipsia and body weight but did not alter glucose or insulin concentrations (Swanston-Flatt 1989).
Other Uses  Urinay Tract infections, inflammation, edema (Johnson 2002).
Formulations used by  Informants  Hot infusion.
Phytochemistry  Arbutin, tannin, allantoin, isoquercetin, hyperin, wisene (Kay 1996).
Potential Adverse  Effects  Arbutin hydrolyzes to hydroquinone in alkaline urine; in very large doses hydroquinone can be toxic leading to shock and death. May cause uterine contractions. May turn urine green. Tannins can cause gastrointestinal upset (Kay 1996, Johnson 2002).
Potential Medication  Interactions  No clinical medication interactions were found.
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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