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Nettle
  (Urtical dioica)

General Description:  A perennial that is native to Europe, but is naturalized throughout the United States and Canada. 

Part Used:  roots and flowers

Uses: 

 treatment of BPH

 diuretic

 wound healing

 cancer

 eczema

  rheumatism

 allergic rhinitis & cough

Action:  It contains steroidal and phenolic substances.

Dosage:  Adult daily dose of root for BPH is 4-6g

     Tea- 4g herb in hot water 3-4x daily

     Capsules of 150-300 mg for allergic rhinitis

     Tincture - 1/4 to 1 teaspoon up to twice a day

Precautions/Adverse Effects:  Can cause topical irritation following direct contact with exposed skin.  Rare gastrointestinal disturbances, oliguria and edema.

Contraindications:  Cardiac and renal disease. Pregnancy/Lactating women.  Also use cautiously in older adults over the age of 65.

Nursing Considerations:  

  Tell patients with diabetes do not use nettle, it causes poor glycemic control.  

   It does not produce enough diuresis to reduce the edema associated with heart failure or to reduce blood pressure. 

  Eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas, and fresh vegetables. 

  If nettle is rubbed against the skin, can cause burning for up to 12 hours, wash with soap and water.

(References)

Aloe ] Bilberry ] Black Cohash ] Chamomile ] Chaste Berry Tree ] Dong Quai ] Echinacea ] Evening Primrose Oil ] Feverfew ] Garlic ] Ginger ] Ginkgo ] Ginseng ] Guarana ] Hawthorn ] Horse Chestnut ] Kava-Kava ] Ma Huang ] Milk Thistle ] [ Nettle ] St. John's Wort ] Saw Palmetto ] Tea Tree Oil ] Valerian ] Yohimbe ]