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Stinging Nettle Benefits

Posted Oct 12 2011 5:00pm

Stinging nettle supplements have been used to treat a variety of different health conditions for many years. The multi uses of this unique herb may be the reason for its constant presence among the top selling herbal supplements.

Nettle is a leafy plant found in most temperate regions of the world. A member of the Urticaceae family, nettle has as many as 500 species worldwide. The “Stinging Nettle” (Urtica dioica), native to Europe, Asia, and North America, is the most prominent member of the genus. The explanation for its name is quite interesting: the hairs and spines on the leaves and stems release formic acid when touched, which gives a burning or stinging sensation to humans.

The root and leaves of nettle are used in herbal medicine. Studies have shown that nettle has astringent, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic properties. Since the ancient Greece, nettle has been documented for its traditional use in treating coughs, tuberculosis, rheumatism, eczema, arthritis, hay fever, and in stimulating hair growth.

In addition, stinging nettle supplements are effective in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) , and urinary tract infections. An infusion of the nettle leaves may be used for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract. Its diuretic action helps the body to eliminate urea and other waste products and prevents fluid retention.

Nettle leaves contain iron and vitamin C and its expectorant properties have been beneficial for coughs and have been used to expel phlegm from the lungs and stomach.

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