Stinging Nettle is useful in maintaining healthy prostate function and support allergies. Urtica dioica extract is a traditionary used adjuvant therapeutic in rheumatoid arthritis.Although not scientifically validated, historical consumption of nettle in Europe has included use as a diuretic, astringent, and, to a lesser extent, as an aid in reducing blood pressure.
Nettle Leaf for Allergies
The freeze-dried leaf of the stinging nettle has been used to treat allergies with promising results. In a double-blind randomized study involving 98 volunteers taking freeze-dried stinging nettles with placebo on allergic rhinitis, Urtica dioica was rated higher than placebo in the global assessments recorded at the follow-up visit after one week of therapy. Planta Med 2000.
Nettle Root for Prostate Health
Nettle root has been claimed to be beneficial in the treatment of benign enlargement of the prostate gland. 134 patients (aged 53 to 84 years) with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia were randomly assigned to receive two capsules of the standard dose of an urtica/pygeum preparation (300 mg of Urtica dioica root extract combined with 25 mg of Pygeum africanum bark extract) or two capsules containing half the standard dose twice daily for 8 weeks. After 28 days' treatment, urine flow, residual urine, and nycturia were significantly reduced in both treatment groups. After 56 days' treatment, further significant decreases were found in residual urine (half-dose group) and in nycturia (both groups). Clin Ther. 1993
Nettle may help relieve symptoms associated with gout, arthritis, rheumatism and childhood eczema because of its reported ability to help the body rid itself of certain toxins.