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What is Stinging Nettle used to treat?

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Stinging Nettle has insufficient evidence for:
  • Hay fever. Starting stinging nettle at the first sign of hay fever symptoms seems to help.
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). There is contradictory evidence about the effectiveness of stinging nettle for symptoms of BPH. Most of the studies have looked at the effects of a combination product that contains both stinging nettle and saw palmetto. One particular product (PRO 160/120, Willmar Schwabe GmbH, Germany) containing a specific extract of stinging nettle (WS 1031) 120 mg plus a specific extract of saw palmetto (WS 1473) 160 mg seems to significantly improve urinary tract symptoms in men with BPH when taken twice daily for 24-48 weeks. This combination seems to be comparable to the prescription medicationfinasteride for relieving symptoms of BPH, and may be better tolerated. However, it is not known if this benefit is due to stinging nettle, saw palmetto, or both ingredients.
    On the other hand, another combination product containing stinging nettle root extract 80 mg, saw palmetto lipoidal extract 106 mg, pumpkin seed oil extract 160 mg, lemon bioflavonoid extract 33 mg, and vitamin A (100% as beta-carotene) 190 IU does not significantly improve symptoms of BPH when taken three times daily for 6 months.
  • Osteoarthritis. There is evidence that taking stinging nettle leaf extract by mouth or applying it to the skin might improve symptoms of pain in people with arthritis. Stinging nettle is sometimes used in combination with conventional painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). There is some evidence that this practice might let people use lower doses of the painkiller and get the same benefit.
  • Water retention.
  • Internal bleeding.
  • Anemia.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Asthma.
  • Cancer.
  • Wound healing.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate stinging nettle for these uses.

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