Dog rose, scientific name Rosa canina, helps counteract infections, especially those affecting the urinary tract. This is the result of a study published just a few months ago in the journal Phytotherapie Research by an Iranian team (Seifi et al, Phytother Res, Jan 2018).
The scientists have studied the action of dog rose on the incidence of urinary tract infections in women after a cesarean section, a condition that increases the risk of developing such infections. 400 women were divided into two groups. The first group was asked to take for three weeks, starting from the second day after the surgery, a daily dose of 500 mg of dog rose in capsules. The second group took a placebo. At the end of the period the incidence of urinary tract infections was significantly lower in the women who took dog rose in comparison with the women who took just a placebo. According to the authors of the study, this effect is due to the antibacterial action of dog rose, able to prevent growth and proliferation of Escherichia coli, the most common cause of urinary tract infections.