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Benefits of Bearberry And Its Side Effects

Since time immemorial many different varieties of berries are known to have been in use to derive various health benefits from them. However, bearberries are believed to be the oldest in use with the farthest tracking amounting to more than 800 years ago. Bearberries are the fruits of three different types of shrubberies. They are widely known to be used to serve health purposes like prevention of problems of the gut, detoxifying the bladder, boosting immune strength, help in easing the pregnancy term and getting rid of headaches.

Benefits of Bearberry And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Bearberry
Nutritional Value of Bearberry
Health Benefits of Bearberry
Boosts the immune system
Body detoxification
Treats Diarrhea
Treats kidney stones
Treat for pregnant women
Treats urinary tract infections
Benefits the skin
Ensures speedy healing
Helps in naturally losing weight
Relieves of headache
Relieves from arthritis
Ensures a healthy stomach
Uses of Bearberry
Side-Effects & Allergies of Bearberry
Cultivation of Bearberry

Bearberry

Bearberry derives its name from the fact that berries are a loved food supplement of bears. The leaves of the shrub too are used for its herbal medicinal properties. Bearberries are scientifically known as Arctostaphylus Uva Ursi and grows in sub-arctic regions and regions situated at high altitudes throughout the world. Bearberry is a red coloured fruit which closely resembles a cranberry. Native tribes brought the fruit into use to help aid the women in pregnancy, prevent miscarriage and for swift recovery after childbirth.

Nutritional Value of Bearberry

Bearberry is extremely rich in a wide variety of phytochemicals like gallic acid, ursolic acid, tannic acid, resin, flavonoids and hydroquinones among other substances. Hydroquinone is an extremely powerful antibacterial compound believed to be highly efficient in treating urinary tract infections. The plant also has narcotic properties and thus is banned from common usage in many countries including The United States.

Health Benefits of Bearberry

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Bearberry
Health Benefits of Bearberry

Boosts the immune system

Hydroquinone present in bearberry is a powerful antibacterial agent that eliminates harmful foreign agents from the body and forms a strong defensive lining protecting the body both internally and externally. It strengthens the immune system and prevents it from any outside threat to the health.

Body detoxification

Bearberry is naturally diuretic. It helps cleanse the body by rapid excretion of toxins from the kidneys and bladder. This enables the bodily system to work at its optimum by eliminating toxicities and excess fat, salt and water.

Treats Diarrhea

Tannin which is present in considerable amounts in bearberry is a highly efficient substance in the treatment of diarrhea. Bearberry is in fact highly recommended to eliminate problems of the digestive tract owing to the astringent properties present in the fruit.

Treats kidney stones

Bearberry prevents the formation of kidney stones. Owing to the diuretic properties in bearberries, it helps in breaking down and flushing out of kidney stones already formed. They enable breakdown of the stones reducing them in size which makes it possible for the small stones to pass through the urinary tract along with urine.

Treat for pregnant women

Bearberry has been widely recognized to aid in preventing miscarriages and ensuring a smooth pregnancy term. Moreover, even after the baby is delivered, bearberry owing to its active components helps in speedy recovery, elimination of infections and discomfort in the mother.

Treats urinary tract infections

Hydroquinone present in bearberries enables the fruit to treat infections that affect the urinary bladder, the urethra and kidney inflammation. Bearberries are considered to be the most effective in treating conditions arising due to an infection manifesting the urinary tract. The hydroquinone derivatives equipped with antimicrobial and disinfecting properties give a soothing sensation to the mucus membrane of the urinary tract preventing infection and inflammation.

Benefits the skin

Bearberries are equipped with antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Owing to the benefits that these products endow the skin with, bearberry is a widely used ingredient in the array of beauty and cosmetic products available the world over. The berries also contain arbutin which is a natural substance that naturally brightens the skin. It gives a glowing smooth skin by eliminating freckles, scars, acne and age spots. It also helps prevent the skin from the hazardous ultraviolet rays.

Ensures speedy healing

Bearberry made in the form of an ointment and applied externally aids in eliminating skin infection, eases cuts, bruises, burns and wounds. Bearberry on the whole quickens the healing process of the skin, eliminates pain and keeps safe from inflammation.

Helps in naturally losing weight

Bearberry due to its diuretic properties prevents water retention in the body and bloating by promoting urine flow. It is helpful for people trying to lose weight naturally as it essentially eliminates the unrequired matter and harmful toxins from the body in the form of frequent urine urges.

Relieves of headache

Bearberry has been widely used since the ancient times as a headache reliever. The leaves of the bearberry plant are rolled up and smoked from, the narcotic properties present in the leaves though not considered conventional are truly effective and were widely used in the earlier days.

Relieves from arthritis

The extract of the bearberry fruit and leaves when applied on arthritic pain ridden joints, is believed to alleviate the pain and strengthen the muscles for the long run.

Ensures a healthy stomach

Bearberry has been proven to protect the body from harmful bacteria like E. coli, Staphylococcus etc; that are responsible for causing infections in the stomach. Bearberry consumed in the form of tea effectively helps prevent and/or alleviate problems related to the stomach that may arise due to entry of any foreign medium.

Uses of Bearberry

Both the fruit and the leaves of the bearberry shrub are widely used to prevent a variety of health problems affecting the stomach, urinary tract, diarrhea, headache etc. It also helps boost the immune system, acquire healthy skin, alleviates pain and problems faced during pregnancy. Bearberry can be applied externally in the form of an ointment made from the leaves and fruit and internally by boiling it in tea, eating the fruit raw and by smoking the leaves of the plant.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Bearberry

Apart from the many benefits the plant offers, bearberry is also manifested with a narcotic quality that may prove harmful if the usage is not regulated. It is advisable to consume or bring to use the fruit by discussing ones medical condition with a trained physician. Though none of the side effects recorded have proved fatal or chronic, mild nausea, green urine, vomiting, fever with chills, back pain and dizziness have appeared on rare occasions in some consumers.

Cultivation of Bearberry

Bearberries are sour tasting fleshy fruits with small seeds inside. The pinkish red coloured fruit is lacking in taste but it is the utmost favourite of bears, hence the name. The plant grows in clusters in alpine forests and has the ability to catch even in places where other plants fail to. Well-drained gritty soil is an apt place for the shrub of the bearberry to grow. It is widely found in Europe, North America, the Himalayas, Siberia and the Iberian Peninsula.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have pimples and acne black spot on my space. I have used a lot of products and medicine. Please help me to get rid of pimples.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Firstly, don't try to self treat acne. Some popular nonprescription acne lotions, cleansers and other skin products can cause a serious reaction (rare), mostly it is normal to have acne in teenage. For pimples it's important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin's surface, avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring. A dietary therapy with the right medications for pimples can also help a lot. Kojic acid (a natural skin lightener derived from mushroom extract), arbutin (also called bearberry extract), and vitamin c (ascorbic acid) are great alternative ingredients to lighten scars left by acne. You may also take few session of peels or MDA from a board certified dermatologist.
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I have acne and it's scars on my both the cheeks. Can I use Acnestar gel to remove these pimples and growth of new acne. Pls suggest me any hormone balancing tablet to get rid of these acne's.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
firstly, don't try to self treat acne. Some popular nonprescription acne lotions, cleansers and other skin products can cause a serious reaction (rare), mostly it is normal to have acne in teenage. For pimples it's important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin's surface, avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring. A dietary therapy with the right medications for pimples can also help a lot. Kojic acid (a natural skin lightener derived from mushroom extract), arbutin (also called bearberry extract), and vitamin c (ascorbic acid) are great alternative ingredients to lighten scars left by acne. Ua

I have acne on my face in summer. But acne stop automatically in winters. Last summer I had used benzoyl peroxide gel 2.5. Now a days. Acne are stop but dark spots (not holes) are present at my face. I am using dermadew acne soap daily. Please tell me a suitable cream for it.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Black spots and scars can be easily removed with lasers and peels along with medicines.Kojic acid (a natural skin lightener derived from mushroom extract), arbutin (also called bearberry extract), and vitamin c (ascorbic acid) are great alternative ingredients to lighten scars left by acne.

I have wait lose can you help me to this problem. And my face spotted in black spot and pimples.

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
You can follow these simple steps for weight loss: 1)eat more of fibrous food including green leafy vegetables like spinach, peas, beans, fresh fruits. 2) cut down sugar, avoid oily, fatty, junk food 3) drink coffee, green tea as it increases metabolism 3) eat in smaller plates 4) exercise including aerobics. Avoiding oily fatty food can improve your pimple issue, keep yourself well hydrated. Use only dove to wash face twice a day. Consult a dermatologist if pimples persist.

I have pimples on my face. Which cream should I used to remove pimples. Sometimes it left behind black spot on face?

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
For pimples it's important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin's surface, avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate the already inflamed facial skin. Never pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it can lead to infection and scarring. A dietary therapy with the right medications for pimples can also help a lot.You may apply clindamycin gel over pimples for few days. Kojic acid (a natural skin lightener derived from mushroom extract), arbutin (also called bearberry extract), and vitamin c (ascorbic acid) are great alternative ingredients to lighten scars left by acne.

Popular Health Tips

Melasma and it's Management

Dermatology Backed Expert Skin & Hair Care Solution
Dermatologist, Nashik
Melasma and it's Management

Melasma is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation .It commonly appears as brow or gray -brown patches on the face . These patches are usually symmetrical and visible on cheeks,forehead,bridges of nose,above the uper lip and chin .

CAUSES OF MELASMA

Melasma is more common in women than men.

1) Sunexposure

2) A change of hormonal level ( pregnancy)

TREATMENT OF MELASMA

1} Sunprotection -is the key factor for decreasing melasma.

2} Depigmenting agents

a} Hydroquinone- the most common used agent ,works to inhibit a melanin -producing enzyme . It has potent antioxidant abilities.Topical hydroquinone creams comes in 2% and 4% concentrations alone or with tretinoin.Creams containing hydroquinone is intended for short-term use. A dermatologist recommendation is very important .

b} Arbutin -natural source of hydroquinone ,is considered to be much safer . It is dervided from the leaves of bearberry,cranberry,mulberry or blueberry shrubs .It too has the ability to ihibit melanin production.

To enhance skin-lightening ,the following ingredients may also help .

  • Retinoic acid
  • Azelaic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Low mid-potency steroids

Pocedures fr Melasma

Chemical peels - eg. glycolic acid ,tricholroacetic acid )work well in treatment of melasma . These exfoliate the superfical layers of the skin and increase the cell turnover,which triggers the fading of unwanted pigmentation . The number of sessions depend on the level of pigmentation and skin sensitvity.

Lasers- escpecially the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser ,have a positive effect on early melasma . These are also relatively safe o Indian skin.The laser light beam acts on the pigment(melanin) clumps within the skin and fragments them.Once fragmented ,these are easily cleared by body's immune system . It is done in a gap f 15 to 20 days for a minimum of 8 to 10 sessions.

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Freckles - How To Get Rid Of Them?

MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Surat
Freckles - How To Get Rid Of Them?

Freckles are skin cells (keratinocytes) that contain melanin, which is a brown colored skin pigment. The skin cells are otherwise very normal, so the spots can't be felt since they are flat. They don't cause lumps in the skin but they are quite visible. 

Here are some of the methods and home remedies with which you can get rid of your freckles:

  1. Prevent your face from the sun: This is the best approach to get rid of freckles. Wear caps with wide overflows so your face is in shadow. Attempt to abstain from going outside when the sun is high in the sky since this is the time when you get the most UV radiation. If you do go out, try to stay in the shade. Also wear sunscreens with SPF 50  constantly, without fail.
  2. Lemon Juice To Bleach Freckles Away: Lemon juice is one of the best natural bleaches. Use the juice from crisp crushed lemons; delicately apply the juice onto the freckled regions. Be careful not to put the juice in your eyes. Leave the juice on for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off with warm water. You will need to do this twice every day for a few weeks before the spots vanish.
  3. Even Out The Skin Color: Conceal the freckles by darkening the rest of the skin normally. Castor oil - an old solution for everything from blockages to upset stomachs - is fabulous for adding a light tan shading to the skin.
  4. A Sake Facial Mask Works Fast: It causes the freckles to blur away quickly, since skin cell turnover rate is around three weeks. If you can keep the most reduced layer of cells from getting a considerable measure of melanin, the spots will be gone soon.
  5. Sour Cream Facial Peels:Sour cream contains lactic corrosive, which are an exceptionally tender peeling operator. Apply the sharp cream to the freckled regions and keep it there for ten minutes.
  6. Fruit Flavored Facial Peels: Use squashed strawberries and kiwi or cucumbers for a facial cover to create a peel. Banana crushed with mint leaves gives you a peel as well.
  7. Honey and Lemon Juice: Honey holds water and moisturizes the skin. It contains chemicals that are skin-lightening agents. Mixed with lemon squeeze, this is an extremely affective strategy to get rid of your freckles.
  8. Add Nutrients To Your Skin While Lightening Freckles: Vitamin E oil not just blurs spots quick, it contains supplements that saturate your skin and keep it sound.
  9. Eating Your Way to Fewer Freckles: Vitamin C (citrus extract) in your eating routine helps your skin, pretty much as it does when you apply it to your face. If your skin is excessively delicate for lemon juice, then ensure you eat a lot of citrus product.
  10. Business Bleaching Creams With Natural Ingredients: Over-the-counter skin brightening creams that contain hydroquinone and oxybenzone can prove to be extremely effective. Common fixings, for example, bearberry, aloe, mulberry and different herbs are calming to the skin and help the spots without risk.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Freckles - How To Get Rid Of It?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Cosmetic Physician, Trivandrum
Freckles - How To Get Rid Of It?

Freckles are skin cells (keratinocytes) that contain melanin, which is a brown colored skin pigment. The skin cells are otherwise very normal, so the spots can't be felt since they are flat. They don't cause lumps in the skin but they are quite visible.

Here are some of the methods and home remedies with which you can get rid of your freckles:

  1. Prevent your face from the sun: This is the best approach to get rid of freckles. Wear caps with wide overflows so your face is in shadow. Attempt to abstain from going outside when the sun is high in the sky since this is the time when you get the most UV radiation. If you do go out, try to stay in the shade. Also wear sunscreens with SPF 50  constantly, without fail.
  2. Lemon juice To bleach freckles away: Lemon juice is one of the best natural bleaches. Use the juice from crisp crushed lemons; delicately apply the juice onto the freckled regions. Be careful not to put the juice in your eyes. Leave the juice on for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off with warm water. You will need to do this twice every day for a few weeks before the spots vanish.
  3. Even out the skin color: Conceal the freckles by darkening the rest of the skin normally. Castor oil - an old solution for everything from blockages to upset stomachs - is fabulous for adding a light tan shading to the skin.
  4. A sake facial mask works fast: It causes the freckles to blur away quickly, since skin cell turnover rate is around three weeks. If you can keep the most reduced layer of cells from getting a considerable measure of melanin, the spots will be gone soon.
  5. Sour cream facial peels: Sour cream contains lactic corrosive, which are an exceptionally tender peeling operator. Apply the sharp cream to the freckled regions and keep it there for ten minutes.
  6. Fruit flavored facial peels: Use squashed strawberries and kiwi or cucumbers for a facial cover to create a peel. Banana crushed with mint leaves gives you a peel as well.
  7. Honey and lemon juice: Honey holds water and moisturizes the skin. It contains chemicals that are skin-lightening agents. Mixed with lemon squeeze, this is an extremely affective strategy to get rid of your freckles.
  8. Add nutrients to your skin while lightening freckles: Vitamin E oil not just blurs spots quick, it contains supplements that saturate your skin and keep it sound.
  9. Eating your way to fewer freckles: Vitamin C (citrus extract) in your eating routine helps your skin, pretty much as it does when you apply it to your face. If your skin is excessively delicate for lemon juice, then ensure you eat a lot of citrus product.
  10. Business bleaching creams with natural ingredients: Over-the-counter skin brightening creams that contain hydroquinone and oxybenzone can prove to be extremely effective. Common fixings, for example, bearberry, aloe, mulberry and different herbs are calming to the skin and help the spots without risk. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a cosmetic physician.
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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Prevention and Cure

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Prevention and Cure

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) happens when germs infect your urinary system. It includes the kidneys, bladder, and the connecting tubes. Bladder infections are normal and not a huge risk if treated immediately. Further, if the disease spreads to the kidneys, it can bring about very serious problems. In case you're a woman, your chance of getting a urinary tract disease is higher. Experts rank your lifetime danger of getting a UTI as one in every woman. Many women might even have repeated infections.

UTIs are a key reason why we are frequently advised to wipe ourselves from front to back while or after using the bathroom. That is because of the urethra - the tube that carries the urine outside the body. It is found near the anus. If the infection isn't dealt with, the kidneys are likely to be affected.

Symptoms: To recognize a UTI, watch out for the following side effects:

  1. Burning sensation while urinating
  2. A regular urge to urinate, despite the fact that little turns out when you do
  3. Pressure in your belly
  4. Pain in the lower abdomen
  5. Dark, bleeding or odd smelling urine
  6. Feeling drained or shaky
  7. Fever or chills (a sign the disease may have come to your kidneys)

Home Remedies: Some of the home remedies for UTI are:

  1. Drink lots of water: One of the main things to do when you have a urinary tract infection is drink a lot of water.
  2. Load Up on Vitamin C for a Healthy Urinary Tract: Getting a lot of vitamin C is important, since a lot of vitamin C make your urine more acidic. This prevents bacteria from developing.
  3. Cure UTI Pain with Heat: Applying a warming cushion can calm the region.
  4. Cut Bladder Irritants from Your Diet: Avoid caffeine, liquor, nicotine, carbonated beverages, and fake sweeteners.
  5. Empty Your Bladder Again: Each time you exhaust your bladder - regardless of the possibility that it's only a little, you get rid of bacteria every time. So continue making those washroom runs.
  6. Consider Herbal Remedies: You may discover some relief from taking the herb uva ursi (bearberry leaf)
  7. Switch to Healthier Habits: Change in lifestyle can make a lot of difference. For instance, quit smoking and wear cotton clothing.

Other Treatment: In case, you have 3 or more UTI bouts in a year, request your specialist for a special treatment plan. Some treatment choices include:

You can take an anti-toxin in low dosage, over a more extended period to avoid repeated infections.

You can also take a single dosage of anti-biotic after sex, as prescribed by your specialist.

A patient can also take anti-toxins for 1 or 2 days as the symptoms show up. The treatments should be only be taken after concerning the specialists. You can also use an at-home urine test kit when you see the symptoms appearing. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gynaecologist.

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How to Get Rid of Freckles?

Fue Hair Transplantation, Advanced Aesthetics, RPSLH, SHS, MBBS
Cosmetic Physician, Hyderabad
How to Get Rid of Freckles?

Freckles are skin cells (keratinocytes) that contain melanin, which is a brown colored skin pigment. The skin cells are otherwise very normal, so the spots can't be felt since they are flat. They don't cause lumps in the skin but they are quite visible. 

Here are some of the methods and home remedies with which you can get rid of your freckles:

  1. Prevent your face from the sun: This is the best approach to get rid of freckles. Wear caps with wide overflows so your face is in shadow. Attempt to abstain from going outside when the sun is high in the sky since this is the time when you get the most UV radiation. If you do go out, try to stay in the shade. Also wear sunscreens with SPF 50  constantly, without fail.
  2. Lemon Juice To bleach freckles away: Lemon juice is one of the best natural bleaches. Use the juice from crisp crushed lemons; delicately apply the juice onto the freckled regions. Be careful not to put the juice in your eyes. Leave the juice on for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off with warm water. You will need to do this twice every day for a few weeks before the spots vanish.
  3. Even out the skin color: Conceal the freckles by darkening the rest of the skin normally. Castor oil - an old solution for everything from blockages to upset stomachs - is fabulous for adding a light tan shading to the skin.
  4. A sake facial mask works fast: It causes the freckles to blur away quickly, since skin cell turnover rate is around three weeks. If you can keep the most reduced layer of cells from getting a considerable measure of melanin, the spots will be gone soon.
  5. Sour cream facial peels:Sour cream contains lactic corrosive, which are an exceptionally tender peeling operator. Apply the sharp cream to the freckled regions and keep it there for ten minutes.
  6. Fruit flavored facial peels: Use squashed strawberries and kiwi or cucumbers for a facial cover to create a peel. Banana crushed with mint leaves gives you a peel as well.
  7. Honey and lemon juice: Honey holds water and moisturizes the skin. It contains chemicals that are skin-lightening agents. Mixed with lemon squeeze, this is an extremely affective strategy to get rid of your freckles.
  8. Add nutrients to your skin while lightening freckles: Vitamin E oil not just blurs spots quick, it contains supplements that saturate your skin and keep it sound.
  9. Eating your way to fewer freckles: Vitamin C (citrus extract) in your eating routine helps your skin, pretty much as it does when you apply it to your face. If your skin is excessively delicate for lemon juice, then ensure you eat a lot of citrus product.
  10. Business bleaching creams with natural ingredients: Over-the-counter skin brightening creams that contain hydroquinone and oxybenzone can prove to be extremely effective. Common fixings, for example, bearberry, aloe, mulberry and different herbs are calming to the skin and help the spots without risk.
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Table of Content

Bearberry
Nutritional Value of Bearberry
Health Benefits of Bearberry
Boosts the immune system
Body detoxification
Treats Diarrhea
Treats kidney stones
Treat for pregnant women
Treats urinary tract infections
Benefits the skin
Ensures speedy healing
Helps in naturally losing weight
Relieves of headache
Relieves from arthritis
Ensures a healthy stomach
Uses of Bearberry
Side-Effects & Allergies of Bearberry
Cultivation of Bearberry