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Bilberry had been studied for its potentially positive effects on various ocular and vascular conditions.4 It also has been evaluated for its possible effects on painful menstruation.5
The German Commission E approved the internal use of bilberry to treat non-specific, acute diarrhea, and topical use for mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.1 Elsewhere in Europe, particularly in Italy, bilberry fruit preparations are used for circulatory support.1
Strong decoctions (an extract made by steeping the plant material in boiling water) of dried bilberry fruit have been drunk traditionally to treat diarrhea. Bilberry preparations were also used historically to relieve scurvy (a disease caused by Vitamin C deficiency) and painful urination, and to help stop the flow of breast milk.3
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