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Stinging Nettle
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Stinging Nettle?

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a perennial flowering plant which grows in Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America. It is rich in vitamins A, C, D, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. The medicinal properties of stinging nettle dates back to ancient Greece. In has been used as a diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and treatment for asthma. Native Americans used nettles as a tonic for women. They used it to stop excessive bleeding during childbirth.

Extracts of stinging nettles leaves have been used as a treatment of rheumatic disorders, urinary tract infection and symptoms of hay fever. The root of stinging nettle also relieves inflammation. Studies have been carried out to determine its effects for symptoms of enlarged prostate. It is believed that stinging nettle...

Side effects

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.

Drug interactions

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.