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Urtica Urens

Annual Nettle

Urtica urens

The homeopathic remedy urtica urens is prepared using the entire herb known as annual nettle, while it is in blossom and is used to treat a number of health conditions, especially nettle rash or hives.

Commonly known as dwarf nettle, annual nettle or small nettle, Urtica urens is a semi-woody plant belonging to genus Urtica that grows annually. Traditionally, people have been using this herb as a medication for skincare as well as alleviate skin inflammation or itchiness. In effect, scientists have especially studied the herb Urtica urens for its potential in supporting the skin when external irritants result in certain complaints.

Precisely speaking, the herb annual nettle is an appropriate remedy for urticaria, also known as hives or nettle rash. Herbalists prescribe this herb for people who endure reddish, scorching, stinging outbreaks on the skin that are likely to be distended or scratchy. The symptoms of this condition usually worsen after the patient has taken a bath, or exposed to warmth. Even undertaking strenuous exercises also leads to the deterioration of the symptoms. In addition, the itching seems to become worse when the patient wakes up in the morning, which may perhaps result in a fear of going to bed at night. Besides alleviating hives and related skin conditions, this herb is also effective in treating actual burns and/ or burns caused by steam or boiling water (scalds) accompanied by characteristic blistering. Urtica urens is also an useful herb for curing skin conditions, such as stinging, blistering, reddish allergic rashes that may be a result of insect bites, stings, shellfish or even coming in contact with certain plants.

Way back, during the 1st century CE, ancient Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides had recommended the use of Urtica urens as well as Urtica dioica, a member of the same genus, for treating nosebleeds, worsening injuries as well as belated menstruation. Even in the Western herbal medicine, Urtica urens has as long tradition for being used to treat a number of health conditions and it is held in high esteem even to this day.

Annual nettle is an incredibly strong herbaceous plant and this makes cultivation of this plant for multiple uses quite easy. During the primordial period, annual nettle was also a source of food and supplied fiber to manufacture cloth. In effect, the plant was so popular among the people in ancient times that many regarded Urtica urens to be a better quality plant compared to flax and hemp.

Apart from its other uses, Urtica urens has been extensively used for therapeutic purposes. This plant was used to prepare an herbal tea for alleviating fever, treating throbbing muscles and as a remedy for a host of other health conditions. Interestingly, people also discovered that this plant could also be used as an antidote for the sting caused by it. When people identified this exceptional property of Urtica urens, it led to the opening up of an entire new thinking and thought process, which has actually turned out to be homeopathy in present times.

The entire fresh plant is used to prepare the homeopathic remedy urtica urens. The plant is actually diluted to such a level that not even the slightest trace of it remains in the final solution, which is actually the homeopathic medication urtica urens. This homeopathic remedy facilitates the body to naturally cure itself of various dissimilar ailments and restore its health.

Individuals who require the homeopathic remedy urtica urens most are those who are somewhat intolerant and easily become aggravated. Generally, such type of people appears to be restive and find it very difficult to sit still in one place. Owing to the several health conditions they might be enduring, such individuals are usually seen as bad-tempered and red faced. Such conditions may usually lead to reddish or irritated skin as an external symptom.

Parts used

The whole annual nettle herb, including its flowers and roots, is used to prepare the homeopathic medication urtica urens. The fresh parts of the plant are chopped into fine pieces and soaked in alcohol. The final solution is strained and diluted to desired levels to obtain the homeopathic remedy urtica urens, which is used to treat a number of health conditions, especially hives.

Uses

The historical utilization of the stinging nettles has been long and traditionally relevant for many herbalists. John Gerard was a prominent 16th-century herbalist who first used the herb as an antidote to beat back cases of poisoning and the juice of the nettle paradoxically is known to be an excellent antidote for the irritation of caused by the stinging hairs of the nettle. Herbalist have made extensive use of this rather common weed to treat a variety of disorders down the centuries, and the herbal remedies derived from the nettle have been used in the treatment of hemorrhoids, in the treatment of various stomach problems, in the treatment of diabetes, and to stanch nosebleeds. The herbal remedy is also used in the treatment of hives - or urticaria, the symptomatic rash of which resembles the nettle induced rash very closely.
The herbal remedies made from the nettle are also used extensively in the treatment of many other kinds of conditions, and the various herbal remedies are taken in the form of internal tonics or as topical applications in the form of externally applied herbal ointments, the main use of the remedies has been largely in the treatment of a variety of skin problems and disorders. Particularly in the treatment of burning and stinging sensations produced in the skin, during an allergic reaction and through other causes. The herb in general is an excellent herbal remedy for all types of skin rashes, as a good example, the treatment of hives - or urticaria, which is caused by insect stings is easily treated using this herbal remedy, the herbal remedy made from the nettle is also excellent for treating allergic reactions developed to shellfish, like shrimp among others. The homeopathic remedy urtica urens can successfully deal with the symptoms of burns, especially in those case when the skin becomes very hot and blistered over; this homeopathic remedy is also excellent for the treatment of disorders such as eczema, particularly if it comes with symptoms where the skin is very itchy or blotchy in appearance, both of these disorders are effectively treating using this homeopathic remedy. The homeopathic remedy urtica urens can also be in the treatment of all kinds of skin eruptions that are suppressed using different steroid ointments, and when these lead to diarrhea, the use of this homeopathic remedy will quickly and rapidly lead to complete recovery from the disorder. The plant based remedies are also an effective remedy for all cases of rheumatism and they are normally given for the treatment of acute cases of gout, to treat neuritis-inflammation of the nerves, and to treat cases of neuralgia. The nettle can also be used to treat various disorders which specifically affect women, the nettle remedies are used effectively to treat cases of vulval itching and to promote breast milk production in lactating mothers with scanty milk flow. Urtica urens is also excellent to treat burning urine inducing itching sensations, which may often be associated with disorders such as cystitis.

Source

The herbaceous plant annual nettle, which forms the basis of the homeopathic medication urtica urens belongs to the Urticaceae family and is indigenous to the Eurasia region. This plant was also introduced in North America and is now found growing naturally in this part of the world.

Comments

From Garcia - Jun-12-2013
This has been the best treatment I have found for my allergies, I developed several food allergies to tomatoes, fish , pork pineapple and shellfish and recently bananas. I start with the sensation of tightness in my throat and cough. As soon I start to feel these symptoms if I take the Urtica Urens it immediately starts working. I have also noticed it is helping relieve my joint pains which seem to worsen with each allergic reaction. I prefer taking this herbal product over any pharmaceutical treatment.
From Burned - Mar-04-2013
This article came up in a search for more info on Urtica Urens. I grabbed the handle of a hot pot right out of the microwave and really burned my hand. Ran upstairs, took a dose of 30x and grabbed a glass of ice water to kill the pain. Within a few hours all pain was gone and no blisters. Next day I kept noticing a few very tiny picks on my skin and thought I had picked up chiggers or something. After reading about chiggers I could tell it was not that. It dawned on me that maybe it was a healing reaction to the Urtica Urens. This usually means that the remedy is the right one (which was easier to diagnose given the situation.) Your article confirms my suspicions. Thanks.
From Gafar Laiya - Jan-02-2013
Urtica Urens is working miraculously on acute and chronic gout. I had an attack of severe gout in ankle, (which comes every year at same time) with burning, itching, bursting pain and stiffness with hectic fever, I can not cover myself even with bed sheet and there is cold outside - (my wife was sleeping with two blankets).
I have tried several medication, but Urtica Urens worked well.
It washes away uric acid effectively and restores kidney and spleen function.
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