Just like any wild plant, nettle is often considered as a nuisance weed in one’s garden. However, medical literature has proven that nettle is more than a plant. It contains active compounds that are beneficial to health and is being backed up by numbers of research and studies.
History and Benefits
Nettle’s medicinal benefits can be traced way back towards the Roman, Greek, Amerindian and Indian Moroccan civilizations. Numbers of organizations have recognized its unique and biological properties to treat urinary tract infections, preventing and healing kidney stones, improving difficulties brought by benign prostatic hypertrophy and even helps minimizing the arthritic pain that may be associated with the sciatic nerve or rheumatism.
Acting as a diuretic and aids in re-mineralization, nettle helps in eliminating the toxins out of the body as well as maintain the alkalinity levels of blood in the kidneys.
This specific benefit brings out nettle to be a good recommendation towards treating different kidney problems such as gout and renal calculi. Moreover, its benefits extend towards helping someone find relief from eczema, sciatic pains, water retention (because of its diuretic effect), arthritis and rheumatism.
Aside from treating urinary inflammations, nettle has also been used to treat allergic symptoms for centuries.
Unlike antihistamines and decongestants that only treat the symptoms of allergies and short span of efficacy, nettle delivers effective benefits without noting dry sinuses, hypertension and drowsiness which are the common side effects of such prescription medications.
Studies have shown for the past thirty years that nettle has a deep effectiveness towards troubles associated with the prostate such as urinary incontinence, pain when urinating and difficulties in urination.
It was also further shown that partnering nettle with saw palmetto can be an effective medical treatment for someone suffering from prostate problems without even has to experience major side effects.
Nettle is usually taken in tincture or in a form of an herbal tea and is a good addition to an individual’s alternative medicine. You may also add this on your list of ‘healthy’ habits and benefit from its countless curative properties.