Urtica dioica


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stinging nettle

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that contains acetyl-choline, formic acid, histamine, minerals and vitamins A and C; it is astringent, diuretic, tonic, and administered as an infusion, poultice or applied topically (the leaves act as a counterirritant). Stinging nettle is used for arthritis, baldness, cystitis, diabetes, diarrhoea, eczema, epistaxis, gout, hay fever, haemorrhoids, rheumatic complaints and tuberculosis; it may be used under the supervision of a physician for congestive heart failure and hypertension.
 
Toxicity
Uncooked nettle may cause renal damage; the diuresis-related loss of potassium should be compensated for by increasing potassium intake; it should not be given to young children.

Urtica dioica

(dī-ō′ĭ-kă, dē-)
The scientific name for the stinging nettle, an herb used to treat allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis. Exposure to the herb can cause a rash. Extracts made from it are promoted for their diuretic effects.

Urtica dioica,

n See nettle.
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In vitro immunomodulatory activity of flavonoid glycosides from Urtica dioica L.
Aqueous extract of Urtica dioica makes significant inhibition on adenosine deaminase activity in prostate tissue from patients with prostate cancer.
Urtica dioica agglutinin: separation, identification and quantitation of individual isolectins by capillary electrophoresis and capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry.
Urtica dioica extract BNO 1250 inhibits aromatase activity in human JEG-3 cells.
10E,12Z)-9-hydroxy-10,12-octadecadienoic acid, an aromatase inhibitor from the roots of Urtica dioica.
The inhibiting effects of Urtica dioica root extracts on experimentally induced prostatic hyperplasia in the mouse.
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Estudio del efecto sobre musculatura lisa uterina de distintos preparados de las hojas de Urtica dioica L.
The role of Urtica dioica (Urticaceae) in the prevention of oxidative stress caused by tourniquet application in rats.
Urtica dioica plants were collected from the Samsun, Turkey, in July-August (2001), during the early hours of the day.
Modulatory effect of two different doses of Urtica dioica L.
Urtica dioica is recommended at a dose of 20 drops in a little water twice a day before meals.