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Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic (to rid the body of excess water) and to treat joint pain.

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Stinging nettle has fine hairs on the leaves and stems that contain irritating chemicals, which are released when the plant comes in contact with the skin. The hairs, or spines, of the stinging nettle are normally very painful to the touch. When they come into contact with a painful area of the body, however, they can actually decrease the original pain. Scientists think nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body, and by interfering with the way the body transmits pain signals.

Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate (called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is also used for urinary tract infections, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.

Stinging nettle root is used widely in Europe to treat BPH. Studies in people suggest that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate. These symptoms are caused by the enlarged prostate gland pressing on the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). Some studies suggest that stinging nettle is comparable to finasteride (a medication commonly prescribed for BPH) in slowing the growth of certain prostate cells. However, unlike finasteride, the herb does not decrease prostate size. Scientists aren't sure why nettle root reduces symptoms. It may be because it contains chemicals that affect hormones (including testosterone and estrogen), or because it acts directly on prostate cells. It is important to work with a doctor to treat BPH, and to make sure you have a proper diagnosis to rule out prostate cancer.

The leaves and stems of nettle have been used historically to treat arthritis and relieve sore muscles. While studies have been small, they suggest that some people find relief from joint pain by applying nettle leaf topically to the painful area. Other studies show that taking an oral extract of stinging nettle, along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), helps people reduce their NSAID dose.

One preliminary human study suggested that nettle capsules helped reduce sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. In another study, 57% of patients rated nettles as effective in relieving allergies, and 48% said that nettles were more effective than allergy medications they had used previously. Researchers think that may be due to nettle's ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to an allergen. More studies are needed to confirm nettle's antihistamine properties. Some doctors recommend taking a freeze-dried preparation of stinging nettle well before hay fever season starts.

Stinging nettle is the name given to common nettle, garden nettle, and hybrids of these plants. Originally from the colder regions of northern Europe and Asia, this herbaceous shrub grows all over the world today. Stinging nettle grows well in nitrogen-rich soil, blooms between June and September, and usually reaches 2 to 4 feet high.

Stinging nettle is available as dried leaf, freeze-dried leaf, extract, capsules, tablets, and as root tincture (a solution of the herb in alcohol), juice, or tea. It also comes in the form of an ointment or cream that can be applied to the skin. The root appears to have different pharmacological effects than the leaves.

PediatricAlthough stinging nettle is available in many combination formulas to treat colds, asthma, and allergies in children, a specific safe and effective dose for children has not yet been established. Talk to your doctor before giving stinging nettle to a child, so the doctor can determine the proper dose.

Stinging nettle is generally considered safe when used as directed. Occasional side effects include mild stomach upset, fluid retention, sweating, diarrhea, and hives or rash (mainly from topical use). It is important to be careful when handling the nettle plant because touching it can cause an allergic rash. Stinging nettle should never be applied to an open wound.

There is some evidence that stinging nettle may raise blood sugar and interfere with diabetes management. There is also evidence that it can lower blood sugar. Patients with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar closely when using stinging nettle.

In a scientific study of patients with acute arthritis, stewed stinging nettle leaves enhanced the anti-inflammatory effect of diclofenac, an NSAID. Although this effect can reduce pain, talk to your doctor before taking or using stinging nettle if you also take NSAIDs.

Johnson TA, Sohn J, Inman WD, Bjeldanes LF, Rayburn K. Lipophilic stinging nettle extracts possess potent antiinflammatory activity, are not cytotoxic and may be superior to traditional tinctures for treating inflammatory disorders. Phytomedicine. 2013; 20:143-147.

Koch E. Extracts from fruits of saw palmetto (Sabal serrulata) and roots of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica): viable alternatives in the medical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and associated lower urinary tract symptoms. Planta Med. 2001;67:489-500.

Lopatkin NA, Sivkov AV, Medvedev AA, et al. Combined extract of Sabal palm and nettle in the treatment of patients with lower urinary tract symptoms in double blind, placebo-controlled trial. Urologiia. 2006;(2):12, 14-91.

Schneider T, Rubben H. Stinging nettle root extract (Bazoton-uno) in long term treatment of benign prostatic syndrome (BPS). Results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled multicenter study after 12 months. Urologe A. 2004;43:302-306.

Schulze-Tanzil G, de SP, Behnke B, Klingelhoefer S, Scheid A, Shakibaei M. Effects of the antirheumatic remedy hox alpha - a new stinging nettle leaf extract - on matrix metalloproteinases in human chondrocytes in vitro. Histol Histopathol. 2002;17:477-485.

Urtica dioica thrives in damp climates and wet soils. Native to Europe, nettles have extended their reach around the world. The entire plant including the leaves, seeds, stalk, and roots, have a long history of use from food to textile fibers. The roots have traditionally been used in European folk practices as an ingredient in male care blends and a tonic herb for the urinary tract. Stinging nettle root can be drunk alone as an infusion or combined with nettle leaf to make a holistic nettle tea.

In another study, taking a supplement that contained stinging nettle extract significantly reduced arthritis pain. Additionally, participants felt they could reduce their dose of anti-inflammatory pain relievers because of this capsule (10).

The dried leaves and flowers can be steeped to make a delicious herbal tea, while its leaves, stem and roots can be cooked and added to soups, stews, smoothies and stir-frys. However, avoid eating fresh leaves, as their barbs can cause irritation.

TraditionalNettle root extract makes a good hair rinse to promote healthy hair growth. The roots (and leaves) have anti-bacterial properties that can soothe inflammation of the scalp, which can sometimes be the cause of hair loss.

A research about nettle indicates that it has wide field of usage as household remedy in Italy from gastrointestinal diseases to rheumatism pains [5]. Another research indicates household remedy usage in Moorish, stalk, and leaves of nettle used in treatment of diabetes, hypertension, astringent, antirheumatic, diuretic, antidiuretic, and cholagogue [6].

Analysis of methanolic extracts of nettle was made by using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) method; vanillic acid, homovanillic acid, 2-hydroxycinnamic acid, 4-hydroxycinnamic acid, and ferulic acid were found [7]. Methanolic extract of nettle leaves analysis was made by using Reverse Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-HPLC) method, UV detector; syringic acid, gallic acid, and ferulic acid were found [8].

Methanolic extracts of nettle leaves and stalks were studied about anthocyanin glycosides, and 3 different components (pelargonidin xylobioside, pelargonidin monoxyloside, and another component which give pelargonidin, D-glucose, and L-rhamnose after acid hydrolysis) were isolated [12]. In addition to the 7 different components, quercetin and rutin flavonoids were also found in leaves and stalks of nettle by using modern spectroscopic (Nuclear magnetic resonance-NMR-, Mass Spectrometry-MS-, etc.) methods [13].

By using Supercritical Fluids Extraction (SFE) method in which liquid CO2, different pressure, and temperature profiles were used, chlorophylll a, chlorophylll b, β-carotene, and lutein components were found in nettle leaves [14]. In another research chlorophylll a and chlorophyll b were isolated from nettles, which could be used as a coloring agents (E140) in the field of drug and food. The most efficient process was identified as 4-step extraction and nettle was firstly dried at 40C, stored at dark place in plastic bags at 4C [15].

According to scientific studies, moisture analysis was done to a nettle tea bag which includes all parts of nettle and as a result its moisture content was 6,3% [26]. In another study about nettle leaves which was collected from Macedonian, moisture content was 8,3% [1]. In another research about nettles (root, stalk and leaves), moisture contents of nettles root, stalk and leaves were 80,01%, 88,88%, and 78,67%, respectively [27].

In our study, average moisture content of nettles in total samples was 80,94%, root samples 81.87%, stalk samples 83,11%, and leaves samples 77,75%. The highest moisture content was 09 and the lowest one was 16 in total. In root the highest moisture content was 09Y and the lowest one was 53. In stalk the highest moisture content was 09Y and the lowest one was 16. In leaves the highest moisture content was 32 and the lowest one was 07F. On the other hand, the moisture content was different among the regions. As a general comment moisture content could be ranged like stalk > root > leaves. 041b061a72

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