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Stinging Nettle root
Urticae radix
Published September 18, 1986;
Revised March 2, 1989, March 13, 1990, and January 17, 1991
Name of Drug

Urticae radix, nettle root, stinging nettle root.  

Composition of Drug

Stinging nettle root consists of the underground parts of Urtica dioica L., U. urens L.  and/or their hybrids [Fam.  Urticaceae] as well as preparations from nettle root at an effective dose.  

The drug contains -sitosterol in free forms and as glycosides, as well as scopoletin.  

Difficulty in urination in benign prostatic hyperplasia stages 1 and 2.  


None known.  

Side Effects

Occasionally, mild gastrointestinal upsets.  

Interactions with Other Drugs

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dose:

  • 4 - 6 g of drug;
  • equivalent preparations.  

Mode of Administration

Comminuted drug for infusions as well as other galenical preparations for oral use.  


Increase of urinary volumeIncrease of maximum urinary flowReduction of residual urine

Note:This drug only relieves the symptoms of an enlarged prostate without reducing the enlargement.  Please consult a physician at regular intervals.  

Approved Herbs with Similar Uses and Indications
as Stinging Nettle root
Urination, Diminished, Associated with Prostate Adenoma
Urination, Diminished, Associated with BPH
Approved Herbs with Similar Pharmacological Actions
as Stinging Nettle root
Approved Herbs with Similar Contraindications
as Stinging Nettle root