Stinging Nettle: Herbs for Arthritis and BPH Treatment
Herbs for Arthritis & BPH Treatment
Stinging Nettle (Urtica
dioica urticaceae) has been used in European's herbal tradition as an
arthritis pain medication, asthma, urinary tract conditions,
and skin problems. Nettle root is a natural
prostate help while
Nettle leaf is one of the better
The fine hair of fresh nettle leaves sting when the plant comes in
contact with the skin. The sting lasts up to about an hour. But when
these same nettle leaves come into contact with a painful area of
the body, they can actually decrease the original pain. Scientists
believe that stinging nettle has the ability to do this by reducing
levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body or by interfering with
the way the body transmits pain signals.
In addition, today, stinging nettle root is a natural remedy of choice for
enlarged prostate treatment. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),
commonly known as enlarged prostate gland, is a common condition
that affects about half of men between the ages of 40 and 60 that
causes symptoms such as
frequent urination at night
Nettle root and other
prostate herbs are featured in Natural Assets'
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However, Nettle alone
does not effect or decrease the enlargement of the prostate.
studies have suggested a combination of Netter root,
repens), pygeum (Prunus Africana), and pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo)
may be effective as an
BPH treatment, and in reducing post urination
dripping, improving urinary flow, emptying the bladder completely,
frequent nighttime urination.
Scientists have theorized
that nettle root reduces symptoms because it may contain chemicals
that affect hormones or because it directly acts on prostate cells.
Nettle leaves and stems have been traditionally considered as one of
herbs for arthritis. It also has been used for sore muscles
as some people applies nettle leaf topically to the painful area to
relieve arthritis pain. Two clinical studies suggest that taking an
oral extract of stinging nettle leaf may enhance the effectiveness
of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) commonly used to
ease joint pain and arthritis inflammation.
Stinging nettle is generally considered safe when used as directed.
Occasional side effects include mild stomach upset, fluid retention,
and hives or rash (mainly from topical use).
Nettle leaf along with other natural nutrients are featured
in Natural Assets'
Formula for Joints.
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