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Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Medical Uses Bilberry is used as an antioxidant and as a treatment for varicose veins, night blindness, diabetes, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and gum inflammation. It may be used to treat diarrhea in children. Historical Uses This herb has been used since the Middle Ages, primarily in Europe, for kidney disorders, diarrhea, respiratory infections, and treatment for scurvy. Growth Bilberry is known as the European blueberry and is larger than the American blueberry. It grows in temperate zones. Bilberry and blueberry are from the same family. Bilberry: Parts Used • Dried, ripe fruit • Leaves Major Chemical Compounds • Glucoquinones (in leaves), which reduce blood glucose • Anthocyanosides (in fruits), which have been shown experimentally to dilate blood vessels • Tannins, flavonoids Bilberry: Clinical Uses Bilberry is used for antioxidant effects and for varicose veins, night blindness, diabetes, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and gum inflammation. It is approved by the German Commission E for “non-specific acute diarrhea, mild inflammation of the mucous membranes and throat”. It maybe used to treat nonspecific diarrhea in children, as noted in Blumenthal et al. (2000). Mechanism of Action The tannins Read more […]