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Traditionally used as a diuretic aid to help increase urine volume and flow, and
to irrigate the urinary tract. Helps reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic
Stinging Nettle Extract
Each 25 drop dose contains tincture (Æ) of: Fresh wild Stinging Nettle herb
aerial parts (ratio 1:1.5) (Urtica dioica) ...0.676 mL.
Equivalent to 450 mg herb.
Non-medicinal ingredients: 1 mL of tincture contains 0.5 mL alcohol (ethanol).
Adults: take 25 drops in a small amount of water, 3 times daily, before meals.
Salivate before swallowing.
Duration: For prolonged use consult a health care practitioner.
Nettles, especially lesser nettle (Urtica urens), have a very bad reputation
because of the irritating hairs that covers them. However, when dried, cooked or
treated (as in a tincture), this hair loses its stinging properties.
Stinging Nettle is one of the most interesting herbs from a nutritive point of
view. Its mineral content reinforces the blood and the whole body. In Europe, it
is used, especially in Spring, as a tonic and light depurative (alterative).
Stinging Nettle is used for rheumatism and arthritis (1) due to its diuretic
effect and eczema (particularly eczema in children and nervous eczema) (6).
Thanks to its astringent and vasoconstrictor effects, Stinging Nettle is useful
in spontaneous bleeding like nose bleeding or uterine hemorrhage (6). Moreover,
its effect on allergic rhinitis (2) is documented. Stinging Nettle is also used
to treat cystitis, to prevent and treat kidney stones and to relieve diarrhea.
Actions and pharmacology:
Stinging Nettle, rich in nutrients, is often compared to spinach. It is a good
source of chlorophyll, minerals (particularly iron and soluble silica) and
vitamins. From a pharmacological point of view, Stinging Nettle is most
disconcerting. It contains a variety of acids (formic, silicic, threonic, etc.),
amines (acetylcholine, choline, serotonine, histamine, etc.), flavonoids, etc.
However, none of these molecules explain its beneficial effects. According to a
reference, a polysaccharide fraction (not yet chemically identified) would be
responsible for the anti-inflammatory effect and a polypeptide fraction or
lectine for its immune effect.(5) But, these fractions have not been
characterized and no other researchers have confirmed this data. Stinging Nettle
promotes uric acid elimination and red blood cell production. Although its
active principles are still unknown, Stinging Nettles activity is very well
The German Commission E acknowledges the following uses for Stinging Nettle leaf
and whole plant (as opposed to the root): as supportive therapy for rheumatic
ailments, as irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary
tract and prevention and treatment of kidney stones.(1)
A clinical study on 69 patients demonstrates Stinging Nettles effect on allergic
rhinitis: 58% of patients reported relief from rhinitis symptoms and 48%
declared that it was more effective than their previous medication.(2)
A randomized double blind study on 27 patients suffering from thumb or index
arthritis demonstrated a significant anti-inflammatory effect in one week of a
treatment with Stinging Nettle. This study evaluated the effects on pain (with a
questionnaire) and on inflammation (both visually and objectively).(3)
In vivo, Stinging Nettle has also demonstrated significant diuretic, natriuretic
(increased sodium excretion by kidneys) and hypotensor effects.(4)
contraindications and interactions:
Avoid taking in case of known allergy to any of the ingredients of the product.
Consult a health care practitioner in case of heart and/ or kidney diseases. Do
not use during pregnancy and nursing. Do not use of you are taking medication
for diabetes and/or blood thinners or if you have hypotension or hypertension.
Discontinue if you experience nausea, headache, dizziness, or gastrointestinal
Book - 101 Uses:
nettles are, for many of us, nothing more than persistent weeds with a painful
sting. But apart from having an important role in the web of life, nettles are
an incredibly useful plant to mankind. They have been put to myriad uses by our
ancestors, and many of these are still valid today. Already stinging nettle
products are growing in popularity in the field of alternative medicine, as
their wide range of health benefits becomes better known.
This unique book explores the diverse uses of this fascinating plant - in the
garden and the kitchen, for their medical and fibrous properties and so on. It
is packed with practical suggestions, as well as a guide to the botany of
stinging nettles, and how to collect and store them. For example, you will
discover how to use nettles to:
make a liquid plant fertilizer brew an unusual beer make a dandruff treatment
protect beehives flavor an omelet make friendship bracelets repel flies
naturally make green or yellow fabric dyes keep yourself warm in the winter and
much more ...
The many health benefits of taking nettles in various forms include relief from:
hay fever and other allergies; acne and other skin conditions; arthritis and
rheumatism; asthma; stress; high blood pressure; depression; enlarged prostate
1-The Complete German Commission E Monographs, Therapeutic Guide to Herbal
Medicines. Blumenthal M et al 1998. American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd,
Austin, Texas, 78723.
2-Mittman P. Randomized, double-blind study of freeze-dried Urtica dioica in the
treatment of allergic rhinitis. Planta Med 1990 Feb; 56(1):44-7.
3-Randall C, Randall H, Dobbs F et al. Randomized controlled trial of nettle
sting for treatment of base-of-thumb pain. J R Soc Med 2000 Jun;93(6):305-9
4-Tahri A, Yamani S, Legssyer A et al. Acute diuretic, natriuretic and
hypotensive effects of a continuous perfusion of aqueous extract of Urtica
dioica in the rat. J Ethnopharmacol 2000 Nov;73(1-2):95-100
5-Wagner H, Willer F, Kreher B. Biologically active compounds from the aqueous
extract of Urtica dioica. Planta Med 1989 Oct;55(5):452-4
6-British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, British Herbal medicine association, U.K., 1983
have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
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