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Lingonberry in the phytotherapy of the urinary system

Do you have a worrying feeling that your urinary system does not perform perfectly? Do you wonder how to improve its functioning? The best and safest way is to use preparations with plant extracts characterised by their beneficial action on the urinary system. A proven effectiveness in improving the functioning of the urinary system and guaranteed safety of use are certainly hallmarks of the lingonberry.

Phytotherapy

Phytoterapy, or herbal medicine, is a form of therapy of all diseases with herbs (or products of plant origin). Phytotherapy also involves the manufacture of herbal medicines from plants with proven medical properties. It would seem that natural products should not be harmful, but is it always so? Herbal extracts have a specific effect on the human body and thus require numerous tests (in a similar fashion to pharmaceutical drugs). First, the therapeutic effectiveness of the studied plant product should be proven as based on an identified mechanism of action. The product must also be researched with consideration to its metabolism in the human body and any potential adverse effects, including toxicity. The drug manufacturer should also establish the optimum dosage of the preparation and notify about its potential effects on the metabolism and action of other drugs (i.e. drug interactions). This guarantees that the plant extract based medicines purchased at the pharmacy are safe and effective.

Urinary system disorders

The problems with the urinary system are often noticed only at the advanced stage of development with alarming symptoms. This is because the initial phases of urinary disorders occur without symptoms, which makes them scarcely detectable.

The most often occurring disorders are infections, inflammations of urinary organs and renal calculosis. Due to the differences in structure of the urinary tract, urinary disorders are more frequently observed in women. The basic difference between the urinary systems in women and men is the length of the urethra. The urethra is much shorter in women, and the consequence here is easier intrusion of bacteria to the bladder. The proximity of the urethra to the vaginal entry may also favour frequent irritation of the urethra during sexual intercourse.

What factors can favour urinary system disorders?

We have already considered the anatomical concerns. Let us not forget that men also suffer from various disorders of the urinary system in which case the health of the prostate is of significance. Like nephroliths, prostatic hypertrophy inhibits free discharge of urine from the bladder to the urethra. Prolonged urinary retention creates the conditions favourable for bacterial growth. Like any other infection, urinary infections tend to develop faster with weakened immunity of the body. Infections of the urinary system frequently affect persons with diabetes or abnormally developed urinary system structure. Another important cause is catheterization, i.e. insertion of a catheter in the urethra, which is usually practiced after procedures on the urinary system (or other body parts). It is hard not to mention the correct hygiene of the intimate parts of women and men. Avoidance of hygiene in this case leads to accumulation of bacteria and easier penetration to the kidneys through the urethra, the ureters and the bladder.

Is age of any importance?

Yes, it is. It has been observed that elderly persons definitely suffer more often from urinary disorders. In the case of women the possible cause of urinary diseases are untreated infections, compromised immunity, concomitant diseases or poor hygienic care. In the case of men, apart from the above, urinary disorders result from their tendency for prostatic hypertrophy.

How does the lingonberry improve the functions of the urinary system?

The lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis idaea), also known as the cowberry, is a plant you must have seen quite often. It is a low brush with many red fruits which grow in bundles.

Both the fruit and leaves of the lingonberry are used in medicine. The fruit also has a dietary use. Adding lingonberries to the diet (in raw or processed form) improves digestion of food. The leaves contain numerous compounds with therapeutic action (mainly glycosides, organic acids, tannins, anthocyanins and vitamins) used in the treatment of urinary diseases.

The extract of lingonberry leaves is a diuretic, antiseptic (disinfectant), anti-inflammatory, styptic and antidiarrhoeal. The diuretic and disinfectant action is especially important in the treatment of urinary disorders, especially renal calculosis, and inflammation of the urinary tract, e.g. inflammation of the bladder. The beneficial effect of the lingonberry leaf extract is frequently used to treat painful urination. However, the extract should not be continuously administered, since one of its components (hydrochinon) may irritate the kidneys.

The styptic effect is used in the treatment of diarrhoeas. The antidiarrhoeal action is caused by tannins, i.e. the substances capable of shrinking the mucous membranes in the digestive tract. The extract of lingonberry leaves also cancels the harmful effect of the toxins present in the digestive tract which frequently cause diarrhoeas.

Is the lingonberry better than the cranberry?

It is a well known fact that the most common disorder of the urinary tract is renal calculosis, or more precisely, renal oxalosis. It is usually the presence of kidney stones that makes us attempt to "flush" them out or "dissolve" them. The cranberry is not recommended in the treatment of renal oxalosis. Instead, extracts from lingonberry leaves are recommended.

Both the lingonberry and the cranberry can be used to treat infections of the urinary system due to their anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties.

Bear in mind that the extract of lingonberry leaves can be used in the treatment of diarrhoeas. The extract from lingonberry fruit is beneficial for the digestion of food and thus regulation of the digestive system.

Which lingonberry preparation is recommended?

It is best to choose the preparation which not only includes the extract from lingonberry leaves, but also other ingredients beneficial for the urinary system. What are these other valuable ingredients? They include the following plant material: parsnip root, birch leaves, bean pericarp and camomile. The substances which shift the pH of the urinary tract to basic are also important (e.g. potassium citrate or sodium citrate).

Parsnip extract increases the volume of expelled urine by exciting the filtration in renal glomerules and inhibiting the reverse resorption of urine. It is also diastolic and thus facilitates the free discharge of urine. The parsnip is also distinctive for its carminative and antiseptic (disinfectant) action.

Apart from the diuretic action, extract of birch leaves is also sudorific, anti-rheumatic, detoxifying and improves the metabolism.
The bean pericarp is also diuretic. Moreover, it can reduce the blood sugar level.

Camomile is mainly known for its anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, diastolic and carminative action.

Potassium citrate and sodium citrate cause alkalisation of urine. This is important because an elevated pH of urine (i.e. its alkalisation) contributes to accelerated disintegration of urate calculi.

Urosept – a complex medicine for urinary disorders

Urosept is an over the counter preparation (and importantly, it is a drug, not a dietary supplement). The composition includes: lingonberry leaf extract, parsnip root extract, birch leaf extract, bean pericarp, camomile extract and citrates of sodium and potassium. The combined application of these extracts and urine alkalising substances ensures comprehensive aid in disorders of the urinary system. Urosept is relatively safe as a plant drug. No adverse effect related to its administration has been reported. Remember that due to the parsnip extract high exposure to UV radiation may result in skin lesions.

How to use Urosept?

If not recommended otherwise by a doctor, take 2 tablets of Urosept 3 times a day and drink with water. Do not use Urosept if there is hypersensitivity to Asteraceae plants or to any other component of the preparation, and also if there is swelling caused by renal and cardiac insufficiency. Administration to children under 12 years of age is not recommended due to the lack of data to confirm the safety of use at that age.