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Other Names: Bilberry, Whortleberry, Blueberry, European Blueberry, Burren Myrtle, Dyeberry, Huckleberry, Wineberry, Black Whortles, Hurts,Vaccinum Myrtillus
Traditional Usages: Dropsy (Oedema), Violent Irritable Bowel, Nausea or Vomitting, Sore Throat, Scurvy a disease caused by deficiency of Vitamin C, Leukoplakia of the mouth, vagina and urethra, Crohn's Disease, Gargle for Pharyngitis, Varicose Veins, Piles, Cystitis, Improves Vision, Diarrhea, Respiratory Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Fevers, Improve Blood Circulation, Urinary Tract Infections, Hemorrhoids, Visual Disorders, Liver Damage, Inflammation, Angina, Painful Menstruation
Resources: Europe, North America, Asia
Parts Used: Berries, Leaves, Root
Administration Methods: Dried herb for infusions, Natural preparations for internal and local application.
Possible Side Effects: None known.
Herb Action: Astringent
Herbal Research: Bilberry
A WHO Organizational resource: Bilberry Research - FULL REPORT
Health Warning: Insulin-dependent diabetics should not take this herb with professional medical guidance. Do not take for more than 3-weeks at a time.
Bilberry - Herbal remedy for Cramps: Bilberry is a fruit in the blueberry family that contains similar properties to those found in muscle relaxant drugs. Adults may take a 500 milligram bilberry supplement pill at the time of a leg cramp. Repeat this up to three times every hour as needed.
Bilberry - Herbal remedy for Glaucoma: Bilberry strengthens and protects veins and blood vessels, protects the retina, reduces pressure in glaucoma and can help stop the growth of cataracts.
Bilberry – Herbal remedy for Macular Degeneration: Bilberry tablets increase production of rhodopsin, a pigment vital to night vision. Take 120 milligrams three times daily.
Bilberry - Herbal remedy for Ulcers, Peptic: Bilberry is used to treat ulcers. It reduces inflammation in the stomach and intestines and protects their fragile mucous membranes. Bilberry tea can be made by infusing the dried bilberry leaves or fruits in hot water. Infuse one teaspoon of dried bilberry leaves in a cup of hot water. Strain and drink before meals for a week.
Bilberry - Herbal remedy for Vision Loss: Bilberry contains powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes from free radical damage. Bilberry also builds up the small blood vessels that transport oxygen to the eyes, making it effective in improving night vision. Bilberry is also used to shrink cataracts and reduce macular degeneration damage to the eyes. Take 1-2 thirds of a cup of a standardized bilberry extract or take a half teaspoon of liquid bilberry extract two to three times daily.
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