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Stinging Nettle

Posted Sep 15 2010 12:00am

Right now, I'm taking two herbs: Vitex/Chasteberry to decrease estrogen levels, and Stinging Nettle to help with allergies.

Stinging nettle plant (Urtica dioica) is an herb with stinging hairs found in the United States mostly in forests, mountains, weedy, undisturbed areas and roadsides. Extracts of the stinging nettle roots have been used in Germany for prostate health, joint disorders and respiratory health...

Stinging nettle extract shows in vitro inhibition of several key inflammatory events that cause the symptoms of seasonal allergies. These include the antagonist and negative agonist activity against the Histamine-1 (H(1)) receptor and the inhibition of mast cell tryptase preventing degranulation and release of a host of pro-inflammatory mediators that cause the symptoms of hay fevers. The stinging nettle extract also inhibits prostaglandin formation through inhibition of Cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1), Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and Hematopoietic Prostaglandin D(2) synthase (HPGDS), central enzymes in pro-inflammatory pathways. These results provide for the first time, a mechanistic understanding of the role of stinging nettle extracts in reducing allergic and other inflammatory responses in vitro.
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Another site had this interesting tidbit
The stinging nettle was referred to by Shakespeare in the play Henry IV part 1, where the character Hotspur asks that "out of this nettle, danger, we grasp this flower, safety." The common figure of speech "to grasp the nettle" has its origin in this quotation and means to face up to or take on a known problem.
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Other benefits they listed: helps with UTIs, kidney function, detoxification, arthritis, hormone balance, etc. Basically it's supposed to help with just about all the things I need :) Plus it was only $7 for a bottle that will last months! I will continue taking it and see what happens.
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