Urtica dioica

Part Used

Leaf, root & seed


Skin; urinary


Anti-lithic (urinary); alterative; anti-inflammatory; anti-rheumatic; astringent; diuretic; hemostatic; hypoglycemic; nutritive

Traditional Uses

The leaf increases urine output significantly, while replenishing nutrients and electrolytes. Useful in the treatment of edema, arthritis with swollen joints, and congestive heart disease. The root is strengthening and supportive to the whole body. Plays an important role in chronic and degenerative conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Used externally for the treatment of acne, eczema, burns and itchy skin. Known for reducing sensitivities to food allergens. ^1. 2.