Nettle leaf is a uniquely useful plant that has shown to support joint health and overall wellness. The plant itself (urtica dioica) has been known to have a bit of a sting due to the tiny hairs it possesses called trichomes that release a substance that is irritating to the skin almost immediately upon contact. However, the more commonly used nettle root has been used for over 2000 years as a powerful spring tonic.
Nettle Root (also known as Alingatong) is used more widely than the plant’s leaves or stems. One of the most common ways that nettle root is made available is by making it into tea. Nettle tea has been described as having an earthy, almost grassy flavor and can be the perfect way to kick-start your body on a sluggish day. It is also made available in the form of tablets, capsules, tincture, extract powder, or a cream that can be applied topically.
Nettle root extract (also referred to as Bazotonuno) when used in conjunction with other herbs like Saw Palmetto has been known to relieve some of the symptoms of the disorders benign prostatic hyperdipsia (BPH) and enlarged prostate. One study made by the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that the root extract can help lower the frequency of urination as well as decrease the volume of urine. On top of the fact that it has proven effective for dealing with urinary tract issues, the plant has also been used to treat minor muscle and joint pains. It has even been known to be used as a testosterone replacement by some men. Which goes to show the wide variety of use for the nettle root.
Possible Side Effects
Keep in mind that there are some possible minor side effects which include sweating, upset stomach, water retention, and diarrhea. Nettle has been shown to interfere with the potency of medications related to the treatment of hypertension and blood thinners. It may affect your blood clotting factor and lower your blood pressure, so as with any supplements it is always best to speak with your physician about any possible interactions.
Milton Navarro Jr. Oct 2021
Deborah Wilson July 2020