In the past few decades, alternative medicine has been recognized and validated as a legitimate means of treatment, even by some of the most traditional of Western doctors. At long last, it is being affirmed that herbs and roots can be powerful aids to health and well-being. After so many years of denial, the ancient and revered discipline of herbal medicine is regaining prestige and once again assuming its rightful place in patient treatment.
Although certain plants such as St. John’s Wort have received the lion’s share of attention, there are many other organic substances which have very beneficial effects for patients. One is stinging nettle extract. Contrary to its reputation for causing pain and discomfort, the stinging nettle, particularly its extract, has many analgesic effects. Long administered by practitioners in Europe as a light tonic, this herb (usually given in tincture form), has many curative properties.
First and foremost, it has astringent and vasoconstrictor effects. For this reason, stinging nettle extract is often recommended for people with bleeding problems including spontaneous nose bleeds, and allergic rhinitis. Because it is also a diuretic, stinging nettle extract can alleviate the painful symptoms of kidney stones. Even children with eczema can experience palpable lessening of discomfort because of this herbal medication.
As with any medication, there are certain situations in which stinging nettle extract should not be ingested. Do not take it if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. If you have heart or kidney disease, ask your doctor before initiating a stinging nettle extract regimen. If you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications for diabetes or blood thinners or have hyper- or hypotension, do not use this herb. Moreover, if you have severe headache, nausea or gastrointestinal difficulties, discontinue immediately.
For centuries, the stinging nettle has occupied a place of honor in the arsenals of traditional herbalists. Now, you can take advantage of its curative powers even if you don’t know someone schooled in alternative pharmacology. When dosed properly and administered correctly, stinging nettle extract can bring about positive changes in your health and well-being.