Information on Cranberry

Latin NameVaccinium macrocarpon
Other NamesLow-bush cranberry
Part UsedFruit Juice
Herb FormsJuice, juice concentrate powder, capsule, tablet.
AffectsUrinary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA low-trailing plant in the huckleberry family with red berries growing in wet, boggy areas. Commonly cultivated in Oregon, Washington, and the northeastern U.S.
DescriptionCranberries have a long history of use in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice has been proven effective in bladder infections by acidifying the urine and rendering the bacteria unable to adhere to the bladder lining. The juice has also been used for kidney stones (and their prevention) and chronic urethritis. Cranberry helps deodorize the urine and is useful for incontinence.

Cranberry has a taste of SOUR, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.


Extract2-4 capsules or tablets daily
Fresh Juice16 ounces per day

Ailments Treated by Cranberry

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bladder infectionurinary antiseptictablets, capsules, juice (unsweetened)


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