Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Nettle Root and Leaf ~ Prostatitis Cure
In folk medicine, nettle plants have been used as a diuretic, to assist with bph, to build the blood, for arthritis and rheumatism. Externally it has been used to improve the appearance of the hair and is said to be a remedy for oily hair and dandruff. In Brazilian herbal medicine, the entire plant (root and leaves) are used for excessive menstrual bleeding, diarrhea, diabetes, urinary disorders, and respiratory problems, including allergies. In Germany, stinging nettle is sold as an herbal drug for prostate diseases and as a diuretic. It is a common ingredient in other herbal medicines produced in Germany for rheumatic complaints and inflammatory conditions (especially for the lower urinary tract and prostate).
In the United States, many remarkable healing properties are attributed to nettle, and the leaf is utilized for different problems than the root. The leaf is used here as a diuretic, for arthritis, prostatitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, and allergic rhinitis. The roots are recommended as a diuretic for the relief of benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as – BPH and other prostate problems, and as a natural remedy to treat or prevent baldness.
Nettle Uses and Experiences
For hemorrhages, the express juice of the fresh leaves is regarded as more efficient than the decoction, given in teaspoonful doses every hour or as often as the nature of the case requires. In decoction, nettle is valuable in diarrhea, dysentery, piles, neuralgia, gravel, inflammation of the kidney. Tea made from the young or dried root is of great help in dropsy of the first stages. Herbal nettle tea will expel phlegm from the lungs and stomach and will clean the urinary canal.
Russian Experience: Nettle grows everywhere in Russia. After three hundred years, modern science has established and gave credit to nettle as an antiseptic. Folk Medicine: Since the seventeenth-century Russian herbalists have given credit to nettle as antiseptic, astringent, and blood purifier, which are only a few of its properties. Nettle ranks high in some of the first books on herbs and their uses and currently recommended for treatment. A decoction of the whole plant for a headache; to improve the function of the heart, liver, kidney, anemia, blood purifying, gastritis, tubercular lungs; taken cold after delivery for afterbirth, whooping cough, and internal bleeding.
Nettle Research and Claims
The last area of research on nettle focuses on its usefulness for prostate inflammation (prostatitis) and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). In more than 20 clinical studies thus far, nettle root instead by itself or combined with other herbs has demonstrated an improvement of clinical symptoms in BPH and prostatitis.
What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland and surrounding tissues, usually caused by a bacterium.
What is BPH?
BPH is an age-related non-malignant enlargement of the prostate gland due to increased numbers of cells triggered to grow in the prostate. BPH, the most common disease of the prostate that affects men starting at the age of 40, actually occurs on a hormonal level. Androgens like testosterone, as well as estrogens, have been shown to cause BPH. While testosterone plays a role in BPH, it is instead the conversion of testosterone to the extremely potent dihydrotestosterone that is the problem. In excess, dihydrotestosterone causes pathological prostate growth.
Estrogens, which also increases as men age, influences prostate tissue by stimulating prostate-cell growth. These main hormones travel around the body in a free state, as well as bound to proteins. One such protein is called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG); its role is to maintain a dynamic hormonal balance in the body. SHBG binds or attaches to hormones and carries them to different receptor sites on cell membranes throughout the body, where they can be utilized in different ways. The effect it has depends on which hormone it binds to and which receptor site it is carried to.
For instance, in men, estrogen, and dihydrotestosterone bound to SHBG, are usually taken to the receptor sites on the prostate gland and once there in excessive amounts, it can stimulate prostate tissue cells to divide and proliferate – resulting in BPH. Some of the more recent research on BPH and nettles indicates that nettle can interfere with or block a number of these hormone-related chemical processes in the body that are implicated in the development of BPH.
In clinical research, nettle has demonstrated the ability to stop the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by merely inhibiting an enzyme required for the conversion, as well as to directly bind to SHBG itself – thereby preventing SHBG from binding to other hormones. Other research also reveals that nettles can avert SHBG that has already linked to a hormone from attaching to the receptor sites on the prostate, as well as to decrease the production of estrogens by inhibiting an enzyme required for their production.
It all sounds complicated, but basically, almost all of the complex intercellular processes required to trigger the prostate to grow new cells and enlarge seems to be inhibited by nettle. This is GREAT NEWS for men suffering from BPH – and there are MILLIONS! Unfortunately, consumers and even natural product manufacturers overlook the critical distinctions between the root and leaf when searching for natural remedies and products. Nettle is now an ingredient in many herbal formulas for prostate health, which are sold in the U.S. market. Pay close attention to the ingredients stated on the labels; however, the root is needed for BPH, and the leaves will provide much better results for prostatitis. As a general preventative to prostate problems, for maintaining healthy prostate functions as well as male hormonal levels, clinical research suggests the root will work better than the leaf as well.
BPH and prostatitis
High blood pressure
Iron deficiency (anemia)
Ingredients: Wild harvested Nettle Root & Nettle Leaf
Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).
How to use:
Powder: Take 1/2 tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie once a day.
Capsules: Take 1 capsule 3 times a day with water or favorite beverage.
The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!
Legal Information: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Powdered (2oz), Capsule (s) 60 Vegicaps