Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)


  • Stinging Nettle leaf may help with glycemic control in type 2 insulin dependent diabetes.
    • Clin Lab. 2013;59(9-10):1071-6.
  • Water and alcohol extract of nettle reduced oxidative stress in people with type 2 diabetes
    • Pak J Biol Sci 2012 Jan 15;15(2):98-102
  • Water and alcohol extract of Stinging Nettle reduced inflammation and improved insulin resistance.
    • Pak J Biol Sci. 2011 Aug 1;14(15):775-9.
  • Study using rats revealed that U. dioica has an hypoglycemic effect
    • Pak J Biol Sci. 2007 Apr 15;10(8):1200-4.



  • Stinging Nettle has been shown to be mildly helpful in allergic rhinitis
    • Planta Med. 1990 Feb;56(1):44-7.


  • Pain of osteoarthritis was reduced better with nettle sting that with placebo in this randomized, double-blind study.
  • A small exploratory study revealed that patients felt that their pain was helped with nettle sting.
    • Complement Ther Med 1999 Sep;7(3):126-31

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

  • Stinging Nettle was helpful in reducing symptoms of BPH in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
    • J Herb Pharmacolther. 2005;5(4):1-11
  • A year long study in Germany found that irritation and other symptoms of BPH (or as they call it BPS, Benign Prostatic Syndrome).