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Biological Name: Oxycoccus quadripetalus, Vaccinium macrocarponCranberry

Family: Ericaceae

Other Names: Cranberry

Elements Applied: Berry juice is applied in herbal medicine

Active Components: Cranberry blocks E.coli, so that it doesn’t attach to the cells, covering the bladder tissues. E.coli is the main reason for the majority of urinary infections. Due to this action the herb promotes successful and safe bacteria evacuation from the urinary system. However, it is still unknown what components are responsible for blocking bacterial activity.

History: Cranberry was successfully applied to treat bladder and kidney stones, in addition to acting as a blood purifying agent. Cranberry has a long history of applications as a remedy for urinary infections in people.

Used For: The herb is primarily applied to relieve urinary organ infections.

Preparation and Intake: The common dose of standardized juice extract in tabs or capsules is one pill 2-4 times a day. To make the concentrated pills more effective a patient can drink a couple of glasses of natural cranberry juice (juice, not cocktail). Thus, it is possible to enhance its medical action.

Safety: No adverse effects from taking cranberry concentrated juice have been reported. It may be safely applied by pregnant and nursing women. Cranberry is not an alternative to antibiotics when it comes to severe urinary infections.