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Dr. Christopher's Nettle Leaf Caps are said to have a variety of healing properties, affecting different parts of the body. First and foremost, they are considered wonderful nutrition, which provides a first-rate form of preventative medicine. Although we detail some of Nettles’ constituents below, of special notice is the high calcium content in the plant, particularly when taken raw, which can be indispensable in certain conditions, especially tuberculosis and lymphatic congestion. Nettle is good for clearing phlegm in the lungs and bronchial tubes. It has been used as an anti-asthmatic herb, the raw juice being given in honey. It is sometimes combined with equal parts of comfrey and mullein, with a pinch of lobelia added, for asthma.
Description: Nettles are said to have a variety of healing properties, affecting different parts of the body. First and foremost, they are considered wonderful nutrition, which provides a first-rate form of preventative medicine. Although we detail some of Nettles’ constituents below, of special notice is the high calcium content in the plant, particularly when taken raw, which can be indispensable in certain conditions, especially tuberculosis and lymphatic congestion. Nettle is good for clearing phlegm in the lungs and bronchial tubes. It has been used as an anti-asthmatic herb, the raw juice being given in honey. It is sometimes combined with equal parts of comfrey and mullein, with a pinch of lobelia added, for asthma. An ounce of herbs is steeped in a pint of boiled water and strained, the tea taken three or four times a day (Tierra: 142). This remedy is effective when taken over a long period of time. Whether the wheezing or shortness of breath is considered true asthma or not, this remedy can help overcome such problems. The herb is also much employed for problems in the urinary and eliminatory systems, especially for mucus problems. It is helpful to when blood is in the urine and for incipient edema, although it doesn’t rank with other herbs, such as parsley, for established edema. It is said to gently loosen the bowels, although a decoction of the plant can be used for chronic diarrhea. It is good for hemorrhoids when taken internally. It has been employed for gravel in the kidneys and for kidney infections generally. It can be used for water retention, although its persistent use over a long period of time can cause kidney irritation (Moore:1 14). The phosphates in the plant increase urine acidity (Ibid). The plant is said to influence the secretions of the body generally, especially influencing bleeding. Most sources agree that it is an excellent and safe styptic. It is said to check internal hemorrhages, taken as tea internally, as well as applied externally as a wash for external bleeding. Even if a patient is spitting blood, the hot infusion can remedy the trouble. The herb has been taken to control excessive menstrual flow. 100% vegetarian capsules.
Ingredients: Nettle Leaf.
Ailments traditionally used for: Arthritis (Gout), Arthritis (Osteo), Arthritis (Rheumatoid), Bursitis,
Directions: As a dietary supplement take 2 capsules before each meal with 12 oz of water or as prescribed by your health care professional.
Store in a cool, dry place.
Urtica dioica L. subsp. Dioica
Standardized Common Name: Stinging Nettle
Other Common Names: Common Nettle, Nettle
Taxonomy: Urtica includes about 45 species of herbs with stinging hairs. Eleven species are found in Europe and four in North America. Urtica dioica is divided into three subspecies. Urtica dioica subsp. dioica, native to Eurasia and naturalized in several areas of the United States, is, according to Herbs of Commerce, the only material officially sold in the U.S. as Stinging Nettle. The most widespread North American subspecies, subsp. gracilis (Aiton) Selander, is sold as California Nettle because it was formerly treated as a separate species, sometimes called U. californica Greene. It is not always clearly distinguishable from the Western North American Urtical dioica subsp. holosericea (Nutt.) Thorne.
Description: Dioecious, rhizomatous perennial herb. Stems 0.3–1.5(–3) m high, sometimes weak and sprawling, branched or unbranched, quadrangular, pubescent and bearing stinging hairs. Leaves opposite, petiolate, stipulate, ovate to elliptical or lanceolate, (1–)3–20 cm long; base rounded to cordate or rarely truncate; apex acute to acuminate; margins serrate to biserrate; both surfaces normally pubescent with stinging hairs, the lower surface usually also bearing nonstinging hairs, especially over veins. Inflorescences paniculate, to 10 cm long, bracteate, with numerous flowers borne in clusters. Flowers minute (<1 mm long), green, unisexual; tepals 4; male flowers with 4 stamens; female flower with 1 ovary, 1-ovuled. Fruit an achene, 1.1–1.3 mm long.
Parts in Commerce: Leaves, or rhizome and roots
Identification: Characteristic stinging hairs are normally present on aboveground vegetative parts. These can be distinguished from other hairs by their larger size (often 1–2 mm long) and their shape. The body of the hair is straight, sturdy and colorless. The base of the hair is often distinct from the shaft, bulbous or slightly elongated, and yellowish.
Urtica dioica subsp. gracilis (California Nettle) is very similar to subsp. dioica in leaf morphology. Stinging hairs are only sparsely present on the stems and leaves, and may be restricted to one leaf surface, whereas subsp. dioica frequently has numerous stinging hairs on the stems and leaves. Literature states that the lower surface will always bear most of the stinging hairs, but some herbarium specimens have been observed to have most of the stinging hairs on the upper surface. Otherwise, the leaves are glabrous or barely pubescent.
Urtica urens L. (Dwarf Nettle) differs from typical U. dioica in several features:
Rhizome and roots
Adulterants: According to Wichtl, U. kiovensis Rogow. (marsh nettle) and U. pilulifera L. (Roman nettle) have rarely occured as adulterants of nettle root. Both have essentially identical root anatomy, meaning that they could not be distinguished morphologically, and the latter species is also chemically identical. Substitution of other nettle species is probably not a significant quality control problem.
The unrelated Lamium album L. (White Nettle, Dead Nettle), which belongs to the mint family but strongly resembles nettle, has been reported as an adulterant of nettle leaf. It can be distinguished by its lack of stinging hairs on any part. Its leaves are usually pubescent on both surfaces and ciliate on the margins; yellowish or dark glandular spots may be seen on the lower surface. The marginal teeth are often more rounded (crenate) than is typical of U. dioica.
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Boufford DE. Urticaceae. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. Flora of North America, vol. 3. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 1997:400–413.
British Herbal Medicine Association. British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. BHMA; 1996:143–144.
Corsi G, Garbari F, Maffei F. Il genere Urtica L. (Urticaceae) in Italia. Revisione biosistematica. Webbia. 1999;53:193–239.
Wichtl M, ed. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals, 3rd English ed. Stuttgart: medpharm Scientific Publishers and Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2004:617–625.
Woodland DW. Biosystematics of the perennial North American taxa of Urtica. II. Taxonomy. Syst Bot. 1982;7:282–290.
World Health Organization. WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants. Vol. 2. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1999–2002:329–341.
Figure 81: a, Urtica dioica leaf; b, Urtica urens leaf.
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