Bog Bilberry

What other names is Bog Bilberry known by?

Airelle Bleue, Airelle des Marais, Airelle des Marécages, Airelle Noire, Arándano Negro, Embrune, Fausse Myrtille, Moosbeere, Myrtille de Marais, Orcette, Vaccinium gaultherioides, Vaccinium occidentale, Vaccinium uliginosum, Western-Huckleberry.

What is Bog Bilberry?

Bog bilberry is a plant. The dried, ripe fruit is used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse bog bilberry with bilberry fruit or bilberry leaf.

People take bog bilberry tea for diarrhea, bladder problems, and swelling (inflammation) of the lining of the stomach and the intestines.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Swelling of the lining of the stomach and intestines.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Bladder problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bog bilberry for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Bog Bilberry work?

Bog bilberry contains tannins, chemicals that might help reduce swelling in the digestive tract and relieve diarrhea.

Are there safety concerns?

Fresh bog bilberry fruit might be UNSAFE. The concern is fungus that sometimes grows on bog bilberry fruit. This fungus can be poisonous in large amounts. Signs of poisoning include vomiting, mental changes, weakness, changes in vision, and other symptoms.

There isn't enough information to know whether it's safe to take dried bog bilberry in medicinal amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to take bog bilberry in large amounts. Avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Bog Bilberry.

The appropriate dose of bog bilberry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bog bilberry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011

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