Origin: Russia, Altai
Evergreen creeping branching shrub. The leaves are small, elliptical, leathery, with curved edges, dark green, light green below with blackish pits. The flowers are small, white-pink, bell-shaped, collected in drooping apical brushes. Fruits — red, sour, pleasant-tasting spherical berries. Height (length) 8-25 cm.
The part used. Ripe berries and leaves.
The leaves contain Gallic and ellagic acids, arbutin glucoside (5-7%), flavonol (0.5—0.6%), hydroquinone, tannins, tartaric acid, ascorbic acid -vitamin C, the berries include sugars (glucose and fructose), nitrogenous substances, organic acids (malic, citric, benzoic, oxalic, acetic, pyruvic, Glyoxylic, a-ketoglutaric), glucoside vaccinin, ideinchloride, lycopene, zeaxanthin, vitamins (a — 0.05 – 0.12 mg%, C — 8 – 15 mg%), phytoncides. Benzoic acid has strong antiseptic (antiputrescent) properties and is well prevents the cranberries from spoiling too quickly. Cranberries also contain manganese (manganese oxides up to 0.4% of the ash weight).
1. 1 tablespoon of crushed leaves brew in 1 glass of boiling water, boil for 5 minutes, infuse for 1 hour, strain. Take 1 tablespoon 3-4 times a day before meals.
2. 1 teaspoon of leaves infuse for 1 hour in 1.5 cups of boiling water, strain. Take 1/2 glass 2-4 times a day before meals.
3. Prepare a mixture of cranberry berries, cranberry leaves, St. John's wort grass (take 1 tablespoon of each component). Boil the mixture for 10 minutes in 3 cups of water, infuse for 1 hour, strain. Take 1/2 glass 5 times a day, starting at 4 PM.
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