Have you ever come across a plant that looks harmless but produces a sharp stinging sensation when brushed against? That is the nettle plant. Scientifically known as Urtica dioica, it has been traditionally used for treating joint pain.
Of all the parts of the nettle plant, the root is the most commonly used, in the form of a capsule, tablet, tea, tincture, and extract. Sometimes it is also used topically. Here are five amazing health benefits of nettle roots that you should know about:
Nettle root is used in many ways, namely as an:
Specific conditions and ailments which nettle roots are useful in treating are listed below
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Urinary Issues
As men age, their prostate enlarges. This is because the reduction in the synthesis of seminal fluid leads to the sending of growth signals from the brain. Thus the prostate enlarges by reacting to the signal. Men typically present with urinary retention along with the following:
– Increased urge to urinate.
– Incomplete emptying of the bladder.
– Painful urination.
– Post urination dripping.
– Reduced urinary flow.
When you face such symptoms, nettle root extract is effective against them. Though the mechanism is unknown, the symptoms are relieved, which is largely believed to be due to the regulation of the hormones that act on the prostate.
Furthermore, the nettle root extract is known to effectively act against prostate cancer. Other herbs are also used with nettle, like saw palmetto.
Urinary infections are also relieved when nettle roots are used especially in connection with the bladder.
As a diuretic, it helps to increase urinary output, especially in patients with pedal edema.
Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain
Some diseases still don’t have an allopathic solution. For instance, the only treatment for osteoarthritis and joint pain is the prescription of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). But long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) leads to a host of other complications, including kidney damage. But in nettle roots, you have a safer alternative solution. Nettle is known to be effective in reducing joint pains of rheumatic nature, and also other autoimmune conditions.
Hay fever is a condition wherein the production of histamine in the body is increased, leading to adverse allergic reactions. It is manifested as itching, sneezing, etc. Nettle is known to control these symptoms by acting on the enzymes that bring about this reaction.
Stinging nettle is present in products that are used to control bleeding in dental surgery and is a part of a product – Ankaferd blood stopper. It is a combination of stinging nettle with thyme, licorice, Alpinia and common grape vine. It is also used to treat bleeding ulcers. Here is the most important point: NSAIDs used in joint pain leads to ulcers. So using nettle root will not only help reduce the use of NSAIDs, but also will help in the treatment of ulcers caused by the drug.
Nettle is known to treat eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties. There are also studies that suggest that nettle roots may be useful in the following ways as well:
- Promote lactation
- Stimulate hair growth
- Help control blood sugar
- Reduce bleeding in gingivitis
- Treat disorders of kidneys and urinary tract
- Provide relief from water retention
- Prevent or treat diarrhea
- Decrease menstrual flow
- Provide asthma relief
- Heal wounds
- Treat hemorrhoids
- Stimulate contractions during labor
- Treat insect bites
- Treat tendonitis
- Treat anemia
Do I need to use nettle root?
Here are few symptoms that might indicate that you need nettle root:
– Uncomfortable urination
– Uncomfortable joints
– Skin rashes of eczema
Can I use nettle root myself?
We would suggest that you consult a registered practitioner. He will evaluate you first, find out whether you are the right candidate for using the nettle root extract, whether there are any contraindications, etc. Only after this should you go ahead. If you face any allergy after the first use, you must discontinue the use of nettle root and consult your practitioner.
Nature has endowed us with remedies for all our diseases. It is up to us to benefit from it. Nettle root extract, when used properly, is nothing short of a miracle. So if you suffer from any of aforementioned ailments, do seriously consider the use of this great natural remedy.