Nettle is a flowering plant native to Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia. The most common species is the stinging nettle, or common nettle, which has needle-like hairs that inject painful chemicals into the skin when touched. Nettle has been used for hundreds of years in traditional and folk medicine for a variety of conditions, including pain, arthritis and skin conditions.
Stinging Nettle for the Relief of Joint Pain
- In capsule form, up to 1300 mg may be taken daily. The tincture may be taken in a dosage of 1-4 ml 3 times daily. Topically, the extract may be applied to the affected area 3 times daily.
Why It Works
Extracts from stinging nettle leaves contain compounds with known anti-inflammatory properties, and it is believed that they alter the way the body transmits pain signals.
Stinging nettle is generally considered safe, but side effects such as hives and rash may develop with topical use. With internal use, side effects may include stomach upset and fluid retention. Consult your healthcare provider if you are taking NSAIDS, blood thinners, high blood pressure medication or diuretics. Talk to your healthcare provider before giving stinging nettle to children. Pregnant women should not use stinging nettle, due to a possible risk of miscarriage.