Contraindications of nettle (Urtica dioica)
What is nettle and what is is used for?
Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a plant of the Urticaceae family, which is popularly known for being stinging, because it is covered with tiny barbs, that, when being touched, release an irritating juice that can cause skin lesions.
The plant is also known for its healing properties. In natural medicine, the dry leaves of this plant are used and the fresh plant can be cooked as a vegetable.
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What contraindications does nettle present?
– Pregnancy and lactation: nettle is a plant known as abortifacient and emmenagogue. Animal studies have shown to have uterine stimulant action. It is Not recommended for use in pregnancy, but may be taken with caution during lactation.
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It can also cause skin blisters or vesicles on the skin. Some people may experience severe pain and burning in the area.
– Diabetes: its richness in fiber mucilage, can affect the levels of blood sugar if taken in large quantities. People with diabetes should pay attention to their patterns of medication and blood sugar levels to avoid hypoglycemia.
– Hypertension: the plant can affect blood pressure and medicines to control hypertension. Consult your doctor before taking nettle.
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19 March, 2019