Urtica dioica, commonly referred to as Stinging Nettles or simply Nettles, is a perennial herb native to the moist, shaded forests of Europe and North America. It can be found quite easily at low-to-middle-elevations, thanks to its stinging hairs. The hairs, which contain formic acid, also found in fire ants, are just one aspect of why this plant should be in your medicine cabinet.
Nettles are high in protein, iron, trace minerals, fat and chlorophyll.
According to recent statistics from the CDC, Gout, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular disease are primarily indigenous to men. Nettle is great for these conditions and others afflicting men. Dr. John Sherman writes in The Complete Prescriber that it can be used safely and effectively to ease the symptoms of cystitis, impotence, pre-diabetes, hypoglycemia, and heart conditions.
The root is used in modern herbal medicine to soothe symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis
After a brief survey of the uses for nettle root, leaf, and seed, now you can use it during the winter months to keep you energetic and healthy for the holidays into the spring. It is a safe-and-easy-to-use herb. It is great to harvest and cook in your foods in the spring, and even juice and a key addition to your medicine cabinet.
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- Pojar, Jim, & Andy Mackinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pulbishing. Edmonton, Canada, 1994.
- Wood, Mathew. The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 1997. 479-489.
- Sherman, John A. The Complete Prescriber 3rd edition. Copyright 1993 John A. Sherman. 205.
- "Tonic herbs stimulate nutrition by improving the assimilation of essential nutrients by the organs, improve systemic tone giving increased vigor, energy, and strength to the tissues of either specific organs or to the whole body." Green, James. The Male Herbal. The Crossing Press, Berkeley, CA. 68.
- Tigner, Sharol. Herbal Medicine: From the Heart of the Earth. Wise Acres Press, Creswell, OR, 1999. 90.
- Protatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland.
- HerbalGram, 2008;77:31. American Botanical Council. Clinical Trial Follow-up Evaluates Safety and Effectiveness of Saw Palmetto and Stinging Nettle Extracts in Men with BPH.
- Mitchell, William A. Celebrating William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND 1947-2007: A gift from the American Association fo Naturopathic Physicians. 5:10-7:26 mins. Rec. August 2006. AANP, 2008.
- Aromatase is an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen in men and especially with excess use of alcohol, under high stress, and other influences.
- Andropause is a medical term for when men suffer from symptoms of low testosterone around ages 45-55 and may experience symptoms of fatigue, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, decreased strength & endurance, and decreased exercise recovery time.
- Urtication therapy is the flagellation of the nettle stalk against your skin for medical benefit in a whipping motion while grabbing the nettle stalk with a gloved hand.
- Hoffman, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Healing Arts Press. Rochester, VT, 2003. 591.
Writer Dr. Sam Madeira completed his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in 2012. His areas of specialty are botanical medicine, men's health, endocrinology, environmental medicine, and physical medicine with a focus in pain management. He currently specializes in men's health and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in Seattle. Dr. Madeira enjoys helping people find their unique path to health. For more information, visit his web site at http://apollohealthclinic.com/about-us/.
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