Antibiotic – As an antibiotic, make a decoction
using one cup of fresh leaves per one pint of boiling hot water; take four cups
a day for seven to ten days. When fresh
leaves are not available, use tincture made from the fresh leaves.
medicine – Add one tablespoon of tincture to ½ cup warm, salted
water and use as a gargle for sore throat.
– Pipsissewa's hydroquinones have a pronounced disinfectant effect
within the urinary tract. It is a close
relative of Uva Ursi, but contains fewer tannins, is less irritating, and acts
as stronger diuretic. Infuse one tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves in one
pint of boiling hot water for ten minutes.
Drink the pint of liquid.
medicine – A strong decoction of Pipsissewa leaves (fresh or dried
makes a good eyewash for pink eye. Steep ½ cup of fresh or dried leaves in one
cup of boiling-hot filtered water for one hour.
Strain liquid through an unbleached coffee filter. Use as an eyewash several times daily, making
a new batch each day.
medicine – Due to its strong diuretic properties, Pipsissewa is
useful in reducing edema surrounding the heart.
Fresh leaves are best when available.
Drink one quart of tea daily, half in the morning and the other half during
early evening, using one cup of fresh leaves per quart. Fresh leaf tincture may be substituted if no
fresh leaves are available, using ¼ cup of tincture per quart of water.
aid – Prolonged consumption of tinctured Pipsissewa or tea made of
Pipsissewa leaves will dissolve kidney stones.
Take two teaspoons of tincture twice daily until the stones have
tonic – Pipsissewa improves liver function by helping the body
eliminate excess fluids. Sip a cup of
Pipsissewa tea with meals.
– By increasing urine flow, Pipsissewa stimulates the removal of waste
products from the body, and is therefore of benefit in treating rheumatism and
tract –The hydroquinine content of Pipsissewa has an antiseptic effect upon
the genito-urinary system and is very useful in treating urinary infections.
Make a decoction using one cup of fresh leaves per one pint of boiling hot
water; take four cups a day for seven to ten days.
– A strong decoction of the leaves or fresh leaf poultice may be applied to
blisters to speed healing.
Constituents: Ursolic acid, hydroquinones (arbutin, chimophilin, ericolin), flavonoids (avicularin, kaempferol), triterpenes (ursolic acid, taraxasterol), phenols, methyl salicylate, essential oil, and tannins.
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