Stinging Nettle herb and leaf (Urticae herba/-folium)

Published April 23, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Brennesselkraut/Brennesselblätter

Name of Drug

Urticae herba, stinging nettle herb.
Urticae folium, stinging nettle leaf.

Composition of Drug

Stinging nettle herb consists of fresh or dried above-ground parts of Urtica dioica L., U. urens L. [Fam. Urticaceae], and/or hybrids of these species, collected during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

Stinging nettle leaf consists of fresh or dried leaves of U. dioica L., U. urens L. and/or hybrids of these species, gathered during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

Stinging nettle leaf and herb contain mineral salts, mainly calcium and potassium salts, and silicic acid.

Uses

Internal and external application:

As supportive therapy for rheumatic ailments. Internal:

As irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract and prevention and treatment of kidney gravel. Contraindications None known.

Note: No irrigation therapy if edema exists due to impaired heart or kidney function.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

8 - 12 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use, as stinging nettle spirit for external application.

Note: In irrigation therapy, intake of copious amounts of fluids must be observed.