Stinging Nettles Herb
The stinging nettles herb was used in medieval herbal medicine as a remedy for joint and muscle pain. The scientific name for this herb is Urtica Dioica.
Today, some studies indicate this plant may indeed have some use in helping to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (See medical references below.)
One scientific study found that stinging nettles herb helped the anti-inflammatory medicine diclofenac work even better for acute arthritis patients. More studies must be made of course but this is some promising information.
Always talk to your doctor before taking any herb, especially if you are on medication, to avoid possible interactions.
This herb should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women.
In Europe, men with prostate problems often take stinging nettles herb along with saw palmetto.
Other uses throughout history have included teas to help relieve colds, asthma and allergies, as a diuretic, to relieve urinary problems in men, and as a cream to treat insect bites and eczema.
The mystery of this herb is how it acts as what is known as a “counterirritant.” The “sting” of this plant counters the sting of other body pains, insect stings and allergic reactions. This is the same type of chemical reaction whereby jalapeno peppers relieve joint and muscle pains.
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