Homeopathy and Nettles

Nettles have long been considered as an ingredient in homeopathy medications. 

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of the use of complementary health practices by Americans, an estimated 3.9 million adults and 910,000 children used homeopathy in 2006. These estimates include use of over-the-counter products labeled as “homeopathic,” as well as visits with a homeopathic practitioner. Out-of-pocket costs for adults were $2.9 billion for homeopathic medicines and $170 million for visits to homeopathic practitioners.


Regulation of Homeopathic Treatments

Homeopathic remedies are regulated as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). However, under current Agency policy, FDA does not evaluate the remedies for safety or effectiveness. FDA enforcement policies for homeopathic drugs are described in FDA’s Compliance Policy Guide entitled Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed (CPG 7132.15).   FDA allows homeopathic remedies that meet certain conditions to be marketed without agency preapproval. For example, homeopathic remedies must contain active ingredients that are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS). The HPUS lists active ingredients that may be legally included in homeopathic products and standards for strength, quality, and purity of that ingredient. In addition, the FDA requires that the label on the product, outer container, or accompanying leaflet include at least one major indication (i.e., medical problem to be treated), a list of ingredients, the number of times the active ingredient was diluted, and directions for use. If a homeopathic remedy claims to treat a serious disease such as cancer, it must be sold by prescription. Only products for minor health problems, like a cold or headache, which go away on their own, can be sold without a prescription.

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.  Below is a listing of some homeopathic solutions centered on nettles.

Herbalists 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.