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Stinging Nettle herb and leaf
Urticae herba/-folium
Brennesselkraut/Brennesselbltter
Published April 23, 1987;
Name of Drug

Urticae herba, stinging nettle herb.  Urticae folium, stinging nettle leaf.  

Composition of Drug

Stinging nettle herb consists of fresh or dried above-ground parts of Urtica dioica L., U.  urens L.  [Fam.  Urticaceae], and/or hybrids of these species, collected during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.  

Stinging nettle leaf consists of fresh or dried leaves of U.  dioica L., U.  urens L.  and/or hybrids of these species, gathered during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.  

Stinging nettle leaf and herb contain mineral salts, mainly calcium and potassium salts, and silicic acid.  

Internal and external application:

  • As supportive therapy for rheumatic ailments.  

Internal:

  • As irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract and prevention and treatment of kidney gravel.  

Contraindications

None known.  

Note:No irrigation therapy if edema exists due to impaired heart or kidney function.  

Side Effects

None known.  

Interactions with Other Drugs
Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

  • 8 - 12 g of drug;
  • equivalent preparations.  

Mode of Administration

Comminuted herb for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use, as stinging nettle spirit for external application.  

Note:In irrigation therapy, intake of copious amounts of fluids must be observed.  

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