Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Urtica dioica (Urticaceae) is commonly known as nettle, common nettle, or stinging nettle. The species is an herbaceous perennial with a spreading growth habit. Growing 4-6 feet tall, stinging nettle produces numerous erect and wiry stems that hold up its opposite, roughly textured, serrated leaves.1-4 It produces small, inconspicuous greenish-brownish flowers that emerge as axillary inflorescences.2 The stems … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Rhodiola Relieves Stress Rhodiola {Rhodiola rosea} is a perennial groundcover that grows in some of the harshest conditions on Earth; the Arctic regions, from Scandinavia to Siberia. For centuries in Russia, Rhodiola enjoyed a folk reputation as a while-body strengthener or tonic. After World War II, Russian researchers added it to the short list of … Continue reading Herbal Healthwatch, September 2018

Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

Spring has officially arrived, and with it, seasonal allergies. Roughly 35 million Americans live with seasonal allergic rhinitis, or what we commonly call hay fever. While it can occur at any time of the year, springtime is generally one of the worst seasons for allergy sufferers. Here are some natural approaches for helping curb the … Continue reading Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

Nettle {Urtica dioica}

Also, Known As: Chinese Nettle Common Nettle Common Stinging Nettle Great Nettle Great Stinging Nettle Hsieh-tzu-ts'ao Nettle Stinging Nettle The herb known as the nettle is a small plant reaching about two to three feet in height with an erect stem; it bears dark green leaves that are marked by serrated margins. The nettle gives … Continue reading Nettle {Urtica dioica}

A New Road To Explore; Stinging Nettles: A New Approach To Cancer.

An innovative approach to cancer treatment utilizes a compound found in stinging nettles. While it's early days, the new treatment could offer more effective and more specific cancer treatment. A compound found in stinging nettles may help in the fight against cancer. A platinum-based drug called cisplatin is often used in the fight against cancer. Though … Continue reading A New Road To Explore; Stinging Nettles: A New Approach To Cancer.

Use of Stinging Nettle Extract Helps Improve Fasting Glucose, Hepatic Enzyme, and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus remains one of the most common diseases. One of its signs, hyperglycemia, is a major predisposing factor for oxidative stress, as it disrupts the natural equilibrium that protects the body from tissue-damaging effects of free radicals. In patients with diabetes mellitus, oxidative stress can lead to microvascular and macrovascular complications precipitated by the … Continue reading Use of Stinging Nettle Extract Helps Improve Fasting Glucose, Hepatic Enzyme, and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus