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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 also contains compounds that may enhance fertility of both of both men and women.
Stinging nettle is available as extract, capsules, and as root tincture.