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You Will Need
- Uva ursi capsules
- Dried uva ursi leaves
- Uva ursi tincture
Take uva ursi capsules by mouth as directed. Capsules are generally 400 to 800 milligrams. Take two capsules up to four times daily and follow package directions.
Drink uva ursi tea. Simmer 1 tablespoon of dried leaves in 2 cups of water for 30 to 40 minutes. Strain, and drink 1/2 cup of the tea twice daily; sweeten the tea with with honey if desired.
Try an uva ursi tincture. Take six to 12 drops of the liquid tincture one to three times daily or dilute 1 teaspoon of the tincture in 1 cup of water. Uva ursi tincture, capsules, and tea can be found in natural food stores.
Limit duration of use
Avoid using uva ursi for more than five consecutive days. Hydroquinone, a key chemical in uva ursi, can be toxic to the liver. Long-term use can cause serious liver damage.
Know side effects
Know that side effects may include nausea and vomiting, irritability, and insomnia. Because uva ursi is alkaline, limit acidic foods like citrus, pineapple, and tomato when taking uva ursi.