The stinging nettle plant is typically 2-4 meters tall. It contains ingredients that might decrease swelling and increase urination. The leaves are sometimes eaten as a cooked vegetable.
Stinging nettle is most commonly used for diabetes and osteoarthritis. It is also sometimes used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, enlarged prostate, hay fever, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) with white dead nettle (Lamium album).
Uses & Effectiveness
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Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Stinging nettle is possibly safe. Touching the stinging nettle plant can cause skin irritation. Pregnancy: Stinging nettle is likely unsafe to take during pregnancy. It might stimulate uterine contractions and cause a miscarriage.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if stinging nettle is safe to use during breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle might lower blood sugar levels. Taking stinging nettle along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle above ground parts contain large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. By helping the blood clot, stinging nettle might decrease the effects of warfarin. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin might need to be changed.
Lithium interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking stinging nettle might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle can decrease potassium levels. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium levels. Taking stinging nettle along with "water pills" might make potassium levels drop too low.
Be cautious with this combination
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