Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) has a long therapeutic history. In ancient Europe, it was used as a diuretic (to rid the whole body of excess water) and to deal with discomfort.
Stinging nettle has fine hair on the leaves and arises that contain annoying substances, which are released when the plant comes touching the skin.
The hair, or spines, of the stinging nettle are normally very agonizing to the touch. When they encounter an unpleasant area of the whole body, however, they can actually decrease the original discomfort. Researchers think nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory substances in the whole body, and by disrupting the way the whole body sends discomfort alerts.Stinging nettle has been used for 100’s of years to deal with agonizing joints and muscles, acne, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to deal with bladder problems during the beginning of an enlarged prostate (called harmless prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is also used for bladder infections, hay high temperature (allergic rhinitis), or in squeezes or creams for treating discomfort, injuries and stresses, tendonitis, and insect attacks. Biting nettle main is used widely in European countries to cure BPH. Studies in people recommend that stinging nettle, in conjunction with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at reducing symptoms such as reduced bladder flow, imperfect clearing of the kidney, post urinating leaking, and desire to pee.