Stinging nettle – A wonder herb for fertility?

BY CANDIECE KNIGHT

Monday, September 24, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


THE stinging nettle (scientific name Urtica dioica), also called nettle leaf, or just nettle, is a fairly common plant. It is believed to have originated in Europe and Asia, and then spread to other countries in the world. It is usually found growing wildly in Jamaica, and has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments and conditions. The plant has been touted by herbalists especially for its fertility-boosting properties.

Nutritionist Donovan Grant explains that while there are no robust studies to show a direct link between the stinging nettle and improved fertility, it has been known to tone and nourish the uterus and prepare the body for pregnancy.

A number of the plant's benefits are derived from its high chlorophyll and iron composition, Grant says.

“Chlorophyll is a detox agent, so when consumed regularly it helps to clean the body, which improves the chance of an egg being fertilised and sustained to maturity. The plant is also rich in iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, D and K, so it's used as a general tonic by many. From medieval times, people have been using the stinging nettle to treat muscle pain, joint pain, arthritis, and anaemia.”

Like other herbs, there can be side effects when using the stinging nettle, but once it is used in moderation, Grant says these should be minimal.

“There can be allergic reactions, the symptoms of which are usually nausea, tightness in the chest, stomach pains, diarrhoea and vomiting,” he cautions. “It is advised to use the plant in moderation. About a quarter to a half of an ounce in a cup of water should suffice. This can be had once or twice per day.”

While there are many benefits to be derived from using the stinging nettle, it can interfere with some other conditions and medications.

“The nettle plant has been known to lower the blood pressure, so it should be used with caution if you are taking blood pressure medication. You wouldn't want it to heighten the effect of the medication and cause your pressure to become too low,” he said.

“It can also interact with blood thinners such as Warfarin, because the plant has blood thinning properties. This might prevent the blood from being able to clot.”

For users after the fertility-boosting properties of the nettle, Grant says it is also important to ensure that the body is very well nourished and energised.

“Detox is important when planning for pregnancy. If the conditions are too acidic, it reduces the chance of fertilisation occurring. It is also important to make sure that your body weight is in check when trying to become pregnant” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT