Stinging nettle is a perennial flowering plant. People use stinging nettle root extract for various medicinal purposes. Nettle root extract is found in several herbal preparations that are used for treating hair loss, prostate problem, as an aphrodisiac etc.
The medicinal benefit of stinging nettle is known since medieval time. It has its mention in Greek and Roman literature. Natives of America used it in culinary dishes and as medicine. Even Hippocrates, the Greek physician has mentioned the therapeutic value of stinging nettle herb.
In this modern age, dominating with synthetic and chemical preparations, people do revere to use nettle root extract for treating various ailments.
Benefits Of Stinging Nettle Root Extract
Some of the benefits of nettle root extract are:
- Nettle root extract is intensely studied in clinical trials for its use in benign prostatic enlargement (BPH). Its use with other herbal preparations such as Saw palmetto has benefited in reducing BPH symptoms.
- BPH symptoms such as frequent night time urination, inability to pass urine, pain while passing urine are relieved after taking nettle root extract. It is also believed that it inhibits the cells of prostate to turn malignant.
- It is used by bodybuilders for its beneficial property of increasing the free testosterone level in the blood.
- The extract is also used to as an aphrodisiac.
- Hair loss treatment: nettle root extract prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DTH). The hormone DTH is responsible for causing male pattern baldness.
- Enzyme aromatase responsible to interact with estrogen can also cause premature hair loss. The natural ingredients in nettle root extract are known to prevent the action of this enzyme and thus arrest premature hair loss.
- In lactating mother when there is diminished secretion of milk, it acts as a galactagogue, meaning enhancing the secretion of milk.
- The root extracts of stinging nettle due to its anti-inflammatory properties is beneficial in treating arthritis. It reduces the inflammatory cytokines and thus alleviates arthritic pain and swelling.
- It is effective in reducing the uric acid content and thus relieves pain in gout especially of wrist and ankles.
- Due to its rich content of iron, potassium, vitamin A and C, it is helpful in people suffering from high blood pressure.
Nettle Root Extract Side Effects
Despite the popular belief that natural herbs and herbal supplements are free from side effects, many herbs do have some side effects. For this reason, you have to consult your physician or a natural herbal practitioner before using the nettle root extract. Though use of nettle root extract is considered as safe, there are minimal side effects noted, they are as follows:
- Low blood pressure.
- Skin rash, itches and blotches.
- Erythema with burning and itching.
- Stomach problems such as nausea and vomiting and diarrhea.
- Blood thinning especially may affect in people taking anti coagulants.
- Pregnant women should not take nettle root extract or if necessary consult a physician before consuming it.
- Nettle root extract should be used with great care when the person is suffering from heart or kidney disease as it has tendency to retain fluids.
- It can cause dehydration as the root extract acts like a diuretic.