Infertility and Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle contains compounds that may enhance fertility of both men and women. Native Americans used nettles as a tonic for women. They used it to stop excessive bleeding during childbirth.
Effect of Stinging Nettle on Infertility
Stinging Nettle contains compounds that may enhance fertility for both men and women.
For men, the root of stinging nettle has 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran, a compound which boosts testosterone levels, resulting in improved sperm quality and increased sexual desire.
How to Use Stinging Nettle
You may take the capsule two capsules twice daily with a full glass of water at mealtimes. To ensure the correct dose for liquid forms, measure it with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.
Tea: You can make tea with fresh stinging nettle leaves, dried leaves or dried root. Pour 2/3 cup of boiling water over 3 - 4 tsp of dried leaves or dried root and steep for 3 - 5 minutes. You may drink three to four cups of nettle tea per day. Always drink additional water along with the tea.
The dosage for nettle root extract of 1:1 strength is 1.5 mL, three to four times daily.
Tincture forms (1:5) 1-4 ml three to four times daily.
Take nettle by mouth as directed. Check directions and warnings on the product package. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are uncertain about any of the information on the label.
Do not use different forms of nettle at the same time, unless specifically directed by your doctor. Taking different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose.
Side Effects and Warnings
Occasional effects may occur with sting nettle use, these include mild stomach upset, fluid retention, and skin rashes.
Incidence of serious allergic reactions to stinging nettle use is quite rare. You should stop taking stinging nettle and seek emergency care if you develop signs and symptoms of allergic reaction such as throat tightness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, swelling of tongue, lips or face, and skin reactions such as hives, redness, sense of warmth, itching.
Stinging nettle may potentiate the action or interact with certain drugs such as blood thinners, blood pressure medications, drugs for diabetes, and some pain killers. Talk to your doctor before taking nettle if you are taking any prescription drugs or supplements.