Stinging Nettle -Urtica dioca- H
Internal usage as a tea or vegetable;
Increasing milk production, anemia, hay fever, treating diarrhea, UTI’s, regulating menstruation, boosting thyroid function, gout, increasing urination.
Topically (in an ointment);
Rashes like hives, restoring muscle tone, arthritis, gout, hair loss (as a wash), burns, bug bites.
Because the plant can be used to regulate the menses it should be avoided during pregnancy.
Drug interactions as per WebMD;
Lithium interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking stinging nettle might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle above ground parts might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking stinging nettle along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle above ground parts seem to decrease blood pressure. Taking stinging nettle along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Large amounts of stinging nettle above ground parts might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking stinging nettle along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with STINGING NETTLE
Stinging nettle above ground parts contain large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, stinging nettle might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
No specific cautions for babies or children.
If a pregnant woman has taken nettles internally, in any form, inform your caregiver and explain risks. If the mother feels any reason for immediate concern do not hesitate to call emergency services or go to a hospital.
While there are no specific cautions for children it is easier for them to reach a higher dosage and experience the sweating and excessive urination. Supply water and stop consumption of the nettles for the child. Monitor the child for dehydration (a single meal is not typically enough for high dosage).
If a drug interaction is suspected call care provider and explain. If there is cause for immediate concern then contact emergency services.
In the event of a contact rash occurring from the fresh plant apply a paste of baking soda and water to shorten the life of the rash.
If a child has gotten their face and/or neck covered in the rash then going to the hospital is advised to prevent potential breathing problems.
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