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What are the risks of taking stinging nettle?

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Avoid stinging nettle if you're allergic or sensitive to nettle or plants in the same family. Also avoid it if you're pregnant or breastfeeding because there isn't enough information on its safety.

Use with caution if you're elderly because it could cause low blood pressure. Also use caution if you have diabetes because of the potential that stinging nettle may lower or raise blood sugar levels.

From: Stinging Nettle WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Chrubasik, J. , August 2007. Phytomedicine

Roschek, B. , July 2009. Phytotherapy Research

Alternative Medicine Review , September 2007.

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Chrubasik, J. , August 2007. Phytomedicine

Roschek, B. , July 2009. Phytotherapy Research

Alternative Medicine Review , September 2007.

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

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