Also Known As
Common Nettle, Great Stinging Nettle, Nettle, Nettles, Ortie, Small Nettle, Urtica, Urticae herba et folium.
Urtica dioica; Urtica urens; and hybrid species.
See separate listings for Stinging Nettle root and White Dead Nettle Flower.
- Sweet, Salty, Astringent, Cool Dry
- Liver, Spleen Bladder, Chong, Ren
- liver yin deficiency – nourish liver blood, relieve fatigue
- regulates metabolism by regulating Adrenal and thyroid glands
- lung phlegm dampness – promotes expectoration, relieves
- cough, stops
- wheezing, ameliorates allergies.
- dries dampness, warms cold, stops discharge, arrests bleeding,
- clears damp heat in bladder, reduces infections
- promotes detoxification, relieves toxicosis, clears eczema
- kidney Qi stagnation – reduces tumors and stones.
- promotes urination, drains fluids due to liver and kidney fluid congestion.
Most effective when preparation is made with whole plant and is freshly juiced.
Also Used For
Orally, stinging nettle above ground parts are used for allergies, allergic rhinitis, and musculoskeletal aches and pains such as osteoarthritis. It is also used orally in conjunction with copious fluid intake in so-called “irrigation therapy” for urinary tract infections (UTI), and urinary tract inflammation, and kidney stones (nephrolithiasis). People also use stinging nettle for internal bleeding, including uterine bleeding, epistaxis, and melena; anemia; poor
circulation; splenomegaly; diabetes and other endocrine disorders; gastric hyperacidity; biliary complaints; diarrhea and dysentery; asthma; pulmonary congestion; rash and eczema; cancer; prevention of signs of aging; blood purification; wound-healing; and as a general tonic.
Topically, stinging nettle above ground parts are used for musculoskeletal aches and pains, scalp seborrhea and oily hair, and hair loss (alopecia).
In foods, young stinging nettle is eaten as a cooked vegetable.
In manufacturing, stinging nettle extract is used as an ingredient in hair and skin products.
Nettle Root – Stinging Nettle Root
Also Known As
Common Nettle, Great Stinging Nettle, Nettle, Nettles, Small Nettle, Urtica, Urticae Radix.
Urtica dioica; Urtica urens; hybrid species.
See separate listing for Stinging Nettle above ground parts and White Dead Nettle Flower.
Also Used For
Orally, stinging nettle root is used for urination disorders associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including nocturia, frequency, dysuria, urinary retention, and irritable bladder.
In folk medicine, stinging nettle root is used for joint ailments, as a diuretic, and an astringent.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
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Compiled by the editors of: Prescribers Letter and Pharmacit’s Letter