Nettle, Urtica dioica
Parts used: Herb.
Constituents: Flavonoids; quercitin, Amines; histamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, Tannins, Sterols, Carboxylic acids, Phenolic compounds, Lignans, lectins, amino acids, coumarins, glucoquinones, Vitamins and minerals, Vit K.
Actions: Diuretic, Stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Alterative, Anti-haemorrhagic, Hypoglycaemic, Nutritive, Galactagogue, Amphoteric, Hypertensive.
Indications:
Stimulates excretion of metabolic wastes, arthritis, osteoarthritis.
To circulation; encourages better perfusion of tissues/brain - gout.
Contains substances that cytokine levels, particularly TNF-a.
RA, allergic rhinitis, Crohn`s, MS, youth promoting, menorrhagia, prostatic hypertrophy, chronic cystitis.
Eczema, cutaneous eruptions, esp. childhood eczema.
Haemoptysis, epistaxis, haemorrhoids, stomach haemorrhage.
Balances blood sugar levels.
Constipation, anaemia, degenerative and metabolic disorders.
Stimulates lactation, strengthening in pregnancy.
Oestrogen deficiency, menopause, pms, amenorrhoea.
Hypotension. Also adrenal and thyroid deficiency.
Herbal extract: 15-40mL per week.
Energetics: Cool, dry, sweet, salty, bitter, Astringent.
Meridians: liver, spleen, bladder.
Caution: fresh nettle may cause allergic wheal and erythema, use nettle 30C or dock leaves.
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) is a so-called cytokine, a messenger protein involved in the regulation of inflammatory and immunological responses, with age.