nettle (root)


Medicinal plant used internally against benign prostatic hyperplasia, it can be found in pills, capsules or infusion.


Portuguese name: nettle (nettle root), wild nettle, nettle, nettle
binomial name: Urtica dioica or Urtica urens
French name: (Big) Ortie , racine d’ortie
English name: Nettle Root
German name: Brennessel ,  Brennesselwurzel
Italian name: ortica




– Flavonoids
– Amines
– Minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, etc.
– Silicic acid
– Proteins (it is estimated that 40% of nettle dry weight is protein, more than soy and the same amount than in meat)
– Vitamin C
– Fiber (in particular the stems)

parts used


Read also: nettle leaf


Secundary effects

Possible gastrointestinal disorders. Please read the medication leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.


Please read the medication leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.


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Nettle root preparations

– Nettle capsules

– nettle tablet

– Nettle root infusion

Where does nettle grow?

Nettle grows all over the world, mainly in countries with a temperate climate. It is native to Europe and Asia.
This is a perennial plant, meaning it can live for several years.
The nettle measures between 30 to 150 cm in height.
This plant can live in the Alps at up to 2500m altitude.

When to harvest nettle?

Nettle leaves are preferably harvested in spring. The roots are harvested in autumn. In Europe, nettle flowering generally occurs between June and October.


– During urination disorders in cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia (stage I and II), extracts made from nettle roots are often used. However, in a special July 2020 issue of the French journal Science & Vie published on medicinal plants, which studied the effectiveness of 77 medicinal plants, nettle root was considered a plant of unlikely effectiveness in cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia. To reach this conclusion, the French magazine was based on a 2012 analysis by the European Committee for Herbal Medicines, in which it stated that nettle root had a traditional use, but not a “well-established” effectiveness that would be proof of some effectiveness.

– The stinging effect of nettle comes from the formic acid and histamine found in the hairs on the leaves and stems. When the leaves and stems are broken, these molecules are released from the hairs and cause nettle burning and itching. Note that dried nettle does not cause burning or itching.

– The genus name Urtica, from the scientific name Urtica dioica, comes from the Latin urere and means “to burn”. In fact, fresh nettle leaves can cause skin pain and inflammation.

– The white nettle, which is very similar to the nettle, but does not itch. This is one way to tell them apart.

Read also: nettle leaf

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