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Generic Name: nettle (Pronunciation: NET el)

What is nettle ()?

Nettle is also known as White Nettle, Hemp Nettle, Common Nettle, Greater Nettle, Stinging Nettle and Devil's Leaf.

Nettle has been used for prostate enlargement, kidney and bladder problems, allergies, chest congestion, spasms and other conditions.

The use of the nettle plant in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Nettle has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of nettle may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Nettle may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of nettle ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to nettle have been reported. Stop taking nettle and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Other less serious side effects are also uncommon and reports have included mild stomach upset.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about nettle ()?

Nettle has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of nettle plants may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.



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