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Different Aspects and Results of Modern Studies of Urtica Dioica: A Review
M. Babashpour-Asl (PhD), M. Baleghi (BSc), P. Sajadi (MSc) *, M.J. Golalipour (PhD)
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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Urtica dioica L. (stinging nettle) is member of the Urticaceae family. This plant has been used for food and medicine for centuries. Nettle leaf has a long tradition of use as an adjuvant remedy in the treatment of arthritis. Nettle leaf has traditionally been used for numerous other conditions, although confirmatory clinical trials have not been conducted. Gout, hair loss, and mild bleeding are some of the traditional indications for nettle leaf. Stinging nettle seems to have a lot of medical uses, but the nettle root is known to be a diuretic and to give relief from prostate problems. The present review has considered different aspects and the results of modern studies about this medicinal plant.


METHODS: In this paper, using online databases Iranmedex.com, Sid.ir, PubMed.gov and Sciencedirect.com, articles on various aspects of medicinal plant stinging nettle was proposed up to 2011, with using keywords: Urtica dioica L., therapeutic effect and medicinal plant were studied.


FINDINGS: The findings suggest that relatively extensive researches have been made in recent decades on the pharmacological effects of stinging nettles, particularly the effects on diabetes.


CONCLUSION: This plant is used internally and externally as supportive therapy for prostatic hyperplasia, inflammation, rheumatoid, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes and allergic rhinitis. However, there are conflicting reports about the effect of sting nettle on lowering blood glucose. Therefore, to determine the exact mechanism of action and side effects of this medicinal plant in the treatment of diabetes, further studies are needed.



Keywords: Urtica dioica L., Therapeutic effect, Medicinal plant
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Biochemical
Received: 2013/02/23 | Accepted: 2013/07/10 | Published: 2014/08/9

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Babashpour-Asl (PhD) M, Baleghi (BSc) M, Sajadi (MSc) P, Golalipour (PhD) M. Different Aspects and Results of Modern Studies of Urtica Dioica: A Review. JBUMS. 2014; 16 (S1) :47-54
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