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Nettle: Does it help with a bladder infection?

by Josephine Andrews
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The stinging nettle is an old medicinal plant that can help with rheumatic complaints, cystitis and benign prostate enlargement. Nettle tea in particular is popular. Read everything you need to know about the healing properties of nettles and how to use them correctly!

What are the effects of nettle and nettle tea?

Both the large nettle (Urtica dioica) and the small nettle (Urtica urens) are used therapeutically. Nettle leaves, the herb (stem and leaves) and the roots are used. Nettle tea in particular is said to have a healing effect on bladder infections and an enlarged prostate.

Stinging nettle ingredients can also be found in cosmetic products, for example as an additive in hair lotions and shampoos to combat dandruff and greasy hair. It has not been scientifically proven that they help against hair loss.

nettle leaves and nettle herb

Nettle leaves and herb contain active ingredients such as phenolic acids (chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, caffeoyl acid), minerals , amines (including histamine) and tannins.

You can take them internally, for example in the form of nettle tea. Nettle tea has a diuretic, draining effect. It is also said to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

The use of nettle leaves and nettle herb as a traditional herbal medicine is recognized for the following diseases:

  • for flushing therapy in inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract such as cystitis
  • for the prevention and treatment of kidney gravel
  • as a supportive treatment for rheumatic complaints such as arthrosis

In empirical medicine, nettle leaves and herb are also used for mild body aches and sore muscles. Nettle tea is also said to stimulate the drainage of the lymph and thus protect against water retention.

Nettle tea is also often part of the program for detoxification cures . It is said to stimulate the metabolism and help detoxify the liver and bile. However, there is no scientific evidence for the effect of detoxification cures.

An animal study with rats suggests that nettle tea is good for blood pressure. However, evidence from human studies is currently lacking.

Applied externally, nettle leaves and herb help with inflammatory skin rashes (seborrheic eczema).

nettle roots

The nettle roots are also classified as a traditional herbal medicinal product. They are used in benign prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia) to alleviate urination disorders. These include frequent and painful urination, nocturnal urination and urinary retention.

The roots contain, among other things, polysaccharides, a lectin, coumarins and sterols.

In what form is nettle used?

The dried herb or nettle leaves are available in various preparation forms. For example, you can process the finely chopped leaves into nettle tea. To do this, pour about 150 milliliters of boiling water over four teaspoons (about 2.8 grams) of the cut drug and strain the whole thing after 10 to 15 minutes.

How much nettle tea can you drink a day? The recommendation is three to four cups. The average daily dose is 10 to 20 grams of the drug. It makes sense to combine the nettle in the tea with other medicinal herbs, such as goldenrod, restharrow root and birch leaves.

Nettle leaves and herb are also available as finished medicinal products: powdered in coated tablets, as a dry extract in tablets and capsules, as fresh plant juice and as a tea mixture (bladder and kidney tea, urinary tea). You can find out how to use and dose such preparations correctly in the respective package leaflet and from your doctor or pharmacist.

There are also nettle tinctures on the market that are said to help against dandruff and greasy hair.

You can also make a tea from the nettle roots. To do this, you need to mix 1.5 grams of the coarsely powdered medicinal drug with 150 milliliters of cold water, then heat it up and let it boil for a minute. Then remove from the heat and strain after ten minutes.

However, symptoms of a benign enlarged prostate can be better treated with finished preparations made from nettle roots than with tea. The dry extract is available in tablets and capsules as well as liquid preparations. The combination with saw palmetto should also be useful .

What side effects can nettle cause?

When taking or applying nettle preparations, the body reacts in rare cases with mild gastrointestinal complaints or allergic skin reactions.

What you should consider when using nettle

  • Flushing therapy with nettle tea for urinary tract infections only works if you drink plenty of fluids. If the symptoms worsen and you get a fever or have blood in your urine, you must see a doctor!
  • Do not do a flushing therapy if you have water retention (oedema) as a result of restricted heart and kidney activity!
  • Also avoid nettle if you are hypersensitive to it. In the case of acute arthritis (joint inflammation), you should also not treat yourself with nettle preparations yourself, but see a doctor.
  • Do not use nettles with synthetic water tablets (diuretics).
  • Also note that nettle tea is not compatible with histamine intolerance, as nettle contains histamine.
  • As with all other tea herbs, the same applies here: do not drink nettle tea for a long time and/or not in large quantities.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as children and adolescents under the age of 18, should avoid treatment with nettle preparations, as there are still no studies on their safety.
  • Because nettle tea has a dehydrating effect, don’t drink it right before bed. Otherwise you may have to go to the toilet at night.

How to get nettle products

In pharmacies and drugstores, you can get various ready-made nettle preparations such as coated tablets, capsules, dietary supplements , juices and teas for internal use.

You can also find hair tonic and shampoo as well as body emulsions with the active ingredients of medicinal plants there. For information on the type and duration of use of nettle preparations, refer to the respective package leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Nettle: what is it?

The stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) can grow to a height of 1.5 meters and is perennial and dioecious, i.e. there are male and female plants. Its leaves are grey-green and pointed-ovate.

The small nettle (Urtica urens), on the other hand, grows as an annual, only about 50 centimeters tall and is monoecious – male and female inflorescences sit together on one plant. In addition, the leaves of Urtica urens are fresh green and rather round in shape.

Both species have stinging hairs on the stems and leaves: When touched, they trigger the formation of itchy wheals on the skin. Because the stinging hairs act like a miniature syringe that injects histamine and acetylcholine into the skin. These substances trigger an allergic stimulus. There is also talk of nettle poison.

The stinging nettle is cosmopolitan, meaning it can be found all over the world. It grows, for example, on path and roadsides, in hedges, on walls, fields and pastures, rubble and rubbish dumps and courtyards.

Already about 30,000 years ago people used the stinging nettle as a textile plant. However, it was replaced in this role by cotton a few thousand years ago.

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