What Are Stinging Nettle Side Effects?

Stinging Nettle gets its name from the pricking thorn-like barbs that inject a serum if touched. The herb is common in countries of Egypt and a few in Europe. The herb has a long history as a urinary tract rectifier and chronic inflammation reliever when consumed properly as followed by Egyptians. It was even used as a stimulant to keep senses of touch in extremely cold conditions by European soldiers. There are many benefits of Urtica Dioica beneath its needles causing allergies. There are significant side effects, which are an unavoidable factor for many herbs.

The consumption of the herb is generally after a long process as both shoot and leaves have the needle-like structures. They are collected with care, dried, freeze-dried or cooked before powdering or preparing to be a concentrate. The roots also carry medicinal value, which is most often consumed as tea or extracts, but not as common as the leaves. Here are the side effects, ill effects, and precautions everyone must know if you are looking for stinging nettle root extracts.

  • Allergies and Rashes

Everything in the plant stinging nettle roots is adored with needles causing pain and rashes when touched. Topical raw consumption lead to allergies, hives, and rashes all over the body.  Excess consumption can even lead to serious issues. Cooking and drying the plant can completely get rid of the allergic features, but sometimes they retain due to improper processing and end up affecting the customer.

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

The content of the herb is so strong and works very well in the urinary tract having an unexpected side effect on it. The Urtica Dioica extract has a tendency to alter the menstrual cycle, which can easily abort a child during the initial days of conceiving. Though there are no proved effects during breastfeeding, it is strongly recommended not to take it while pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Children Consumption

The stinging nettle roots are available as a powder, paste or tea extracts depending on the usage requirements. However, there is not a proper way of consumption available for children. The drug even frequently in combination with common diseases like cold and fever has never been through proper research and studies so it's not advisable for children to directly consume the herb extracts.

  •  Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Levels

If you have known the benefits of the stinging nettle, you have found both lowering blood sugar and blood pressure in the list of its benefits. However, this herb can be good for certain people, while the opposite for the others. Stinging Nettle Root is advantageous for people with high sugar, but even then unregulated consumption might mess the situation. So, it is recommended not to take the herb if you have diabetic II or hypertense.

  • Kidney Condition

As we said, stinging nettle roots help with urinary tract infections. It can also worsen the situation by interfering with other medicines. The stinging nettle has a direct impact on the lithium levels, which can alter the kidney condition.

  • Other Precautions

These medications are identified to interfere with stinging nettle and worsen the body condition – blood thinners and diuretics. The plant is also diuretic in nature, so added with diuretic pills doubles the effect, and pushes other extreme conditions. The same is the state of blood thinners when supplemented with Urtica Dioica extracts.

The plant has a wide array of benefits and counter set of side effects. Thus, we recommend having consulted a doctor and checked for all the related conditions before you takstinging nettle in any form.

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