Stinging nettle

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The Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle, scientifically called Urtica dioica, is a plant that has been commonly used for hundreds of year in most parts of the world and does, in keeping with its name, have tiny poisonous barbs, which cause discomfort or even pain to those who are unfortunate enough to come in contact with them.

Although nettles are considered a weed by most, its medicinal uses are now verified by the more recent scientific studies of the plant. Folk medicine used the whipping of nettles on a person's back to help with arthritic pain. Today you can get nettle extract in oral consumption form and it is still commonly used to treat arthritis, but also kidney problems, general pain and in a shampoo to treat dandruff. By far, the most extensive research of stinging nettle was with the root's healing properties of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or simply enlarged prostate- the single most common medical problem men experience in our society. With the nettle's ability to increase free flowing testosterone and its proven ability to enhance prostate function, it is rather popular for use in male enhancement products. Strangely enough, getting stung by the stinging nettle in an area that is experiencing much main, in most cases reduces the original pain, most scientists agree that the nettle somehow, temporarily disrupts the signal process between the brain and the painful area. There is not enough scientific evidence yet, but stinging nettle has been linked to reducing hay fever, lowering blood pressure and even reducing blood sugar.

Although the stinging nettle does exhibit mild to severe discomfort, depending on pain tolerance, it is not know to have any other side effects other than an occasional upset stomach; pregnant women should avoid stinging nettle and there is a certain population that is allergic to it.

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