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Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Also called "devil?s plaything" or "stinging nettle," this plant is best known for the extremely irritating substances injected by its hairs into the Skin upon contact. Nettle leaves, however, can be used nutritionally and medicinally for many beneficial purposes. It helps in digestion, kidney function, and blood circulation. Although used in Europe to stimulate the secretion of mother?s milk, this property has not been clinically proven.
In the time of Hippocrates, nettle juice was used to treat Bites and Stings. Europeans drank nettle tea to treat lung disorders, while Native Americans used the tea to aid Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing.
Parts of the plant used: ROOT, LEAF.
For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, 4 to 6 g daily of the whole root, or proportional amount of concentrated extract.
For allergies, 300 mg twice a day of freeze-dried nettle leaf
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH):
Other possible benefits of nettle include lowering blood sugar levels and acting as an astringent.
Nettle has a long history of use as food, so it is considered to be safe. While detailed studies have not been conducted, a large-scale study reported less than 1% had side effects, limited to mild gastrointestinal stress and allergic reactions (8).
When handling the fresh plant, extreme caution should be used due to nettle?s stinging properties. Handlers should wear one or even two pairs of gloves.
Safety in nursing or pregnant women has not been determined. However, nettle leaf tea is a traditional drink for nursing and pregnant women.
Theoretically, nettle may interfere with anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, sedative, or blood sugar-lowering medications. However, no problems have yet been reported.
1. Hryb DJ, et al. The effect of extracts of the roots of the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) on the interaction of SHBG with its receptor on human prostatic membranes. Planta Med 61: 31-32, 1995.