Information on Pipsissewa

Latin NameChimaphila umbellata
Other NamesPrince's pine
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb for tea.
AffectsUrinary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA short perennial evergreen with dark green leathery sharply toothed leaves from the Huckleberry family, with greenish purple cup-shaped flowers.
DescriptionPipsissewa acts as a urinary antiseptic and is used for bladder infections and weak bladder. It is also indicated for nephritis, swollen lymph glands, arthritis, and chronic rheumatism. This forest-loving herb is in the same family as uva-ursi (Ericaceae) and contains the same kind of antiseptic phenolic compounds. Pipsissewa is milder and safer to use when there is an acute infection or internal heat, as it is not as irritating.

Pipsissewa has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1-2 cups 2-3 times daily
Tincture2-5 droppersful daily

Ailments Treated by Pipsissewa

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Kidney, infectionurinary antiseptic and demulcenttea, tincture, capsules
Nephritisantiseptictincture, tea, capsule
Nephritis, chronicantiseptictincture, tea, capsule
Bladder infectionurinary antiseptictincture, tea


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