Nettle root - Urtica spp. (in the Urticaceae or Nettle family)
Part used: Root.
Dosage: Decoction: 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:2 fresh strength liquid extract: 20-40 drops 1-4 times per day.
Use: (a) Astringent gargle, (b) Diuretic, (c) Healing agent to arrest bleeding, (d) Treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia.
The action of nettle root on BPH is thought to be an interaction with sex hormone binding globulin. Constituents are able to inhibit the binding of epidermal growth factor to its receptor and cause inhibition of aromatase.
Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.