Vaccinium oxycoccos (Cranberry)

Medical Indication

Part of the plant which can be used

  • We use the fruit of the plant

Present in the market

  • Herbal tea.

Medical Use and Dosage – mode of administration

Cranberry juice has demonstrated in vitro, a remarkable antifungal activity.
At the largest study of cranberry for the prevention of urinary tract infection has been used 300ml cranberry juice cocktail daily for six months.
Crude extracts of cranberry have been reported to exhibit potential anticarcinogenic activity. Cranberry phytochemicals inhibit the growth and proliferation of several types of tumor including breast, colon, prostate, and lung.

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Combinations & Contraindications

In overdose it might create diarrhea or gastrointestinal disorders.
In the presence of renal disease should be taken only after medical prescription.
It is contraindicated to be used during pregnancy without medical surveillance.
There are several reports of an interaction between cranberry juice and warfarin. Patients taking warfarin should be advised to avoid taking cranberry juice and other cranberry products.

Recognized Ethnobotanical use

Traditionally, an infusion of the plant has been used to treat cases of slight nausea (pregnancy-related symptoms), vomiting, and for prevention and treatment for urinary tract infections - cystitis, and scurvy. The cranberries have also been used for blood disorders, liver problems, loss of appetite, and for healing wounds.

Dissemination & Use