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The lingonberry (also known as cowberry) is a plant used in herbal medicine not only because of its fruits, but the leaves too. You must have seen the lingonberry in the summer more than once, since it is a shrub typical to the Polish landscape.

What does the lingonberry look like?

The lingonberry appears as a shrub 15 to 25 cm high. The branches are fragile and clustered. The light-pink flowers of the lingonberry grow in clusters. The fruits attract attention with their appetizing shape and shiny red colour. People often pick lingonberries from May to July, providing (often unconsciously) many beneficial health ingredients.

Medical substance content in the lingonberry

The lingonberry is a valuable pharmaceutical material with as many as two parts that have a medicinal use: the fruits and the leaves. The extract of lingonberry leaves contains several pharmaceutical ingredients, such as glycosides, organic acids, tannins, anthocyanins and vitamins. The fruits are characterised by substances which are digestion regulators.

The use of the lingonberry

The medicinal use of the fruits must be separated from the use of the leaves, since the scope of these plant parts focuses on two different systems of the body. The effect of fruit and leaf extracts can be combined to a small extent concerning their joint (and at the same time different) impact on the digestive system.

The fruits have a mainly dietary use. They are characterised by the regulatory effect on the digestive tract.

The lingonberry leaves are a pharmaceutical material used in therapies of the urinary system. The diuretic and antiseptic (disinfectant) effects aid in the treatment of renal calculosis and inhibit inflammation in the kidneys. The styptic effect of the lingonberry leaf extract is used to inhibit diarrhoea. The tannins in the leaves have the capacity to contract the mucous membranes in the digestive tract. A simultaneous benefit of the anti-diarrhoeic aciton of the leaf extract can be observed: reduction of toxins in the body.

Is it better to use the lingonberry leaf extract in combination with other plant extracts or to use it alone?

A much improved effect is achieved when using the lingonberry leaf extract with other plant extracts. The advantages of the lingonberry leaf extract, including first and foremost its effect on the urinary system, can be enhanced by combined use with the extracts of parsnip, bean pericarp or camomile herb (in the medicine Urosept). A composition so rich ensures comprehensive aid in treatments of urinary disorders.

The lingonberry as a culinary addition

The advantage of using the lingonberry is not limited to medicine only, but also includes culinary aspects. The lingonberry is used as a tasty finish to exquisite dishes by adding a sophisticated appearance and exceptional flavour. It is especially recommended for meat dishes.

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